Newcastle's Walker Riverside Park given cash boost

Walker Riverside Park, an inner-city park in Newcastle, has been given a cash injection to improve its appeal for people and birdlife.

The sum of £40,000 has been pledged for habitat creation work in Walker Riverside Park, Newcastle.

The Forestry Commission grant will also be used to improve public access to the 30ha site, with densely planted trees thinned either side of paths and interpretation boards erected.

Last year the Forestry Commission and RSPB launched a new grant scheme in the North East — the first in the country — to fund conservation work to help 14 vulnerable woodland species which face an uncertain future.

Forestry Commission woodland officer Mike Riley said: "We know we have some key bird species in or very near the Walker Riverside Park, so this grant will support work where itís most likely to be effective."

Besides thinning work, more coppicing will also be done to promote vigorous growth.

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