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Old April 20th, 2010, 12:19 AM   #41
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Guerilla gardening? I once contacted a group that was promoting that, but I don't think they ever got off of the ground.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 09:59 AM   #42
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Families invited to reserve's open day
May 4 2010 by Adrian Pearson, The Journal


FAMILIES are invited to explore a city nature reserve at an open day.

The Natural History Society of Northumbria and ERIC (Environmental Records Information Centre) are holding a public open day at the society’s nature reserve at Gosforth Park on Saturday 8th May.

The reserve, which is usually only open to society members, will be open to the public between 10.30am and 3.30pm.

During the day, experts will be on hand to share some of the techniques used to record and track the reserve’s flora and fauna.

One of the events will be small mammal trapping, with ERIC team member Francesca Leslie. Visitors can discover how to catch, record and release safely small mammals including voles, mice and shrews.

There will also be tracks and signs exploration with local naturalist Bob Wilkin.

Two bird experts, David Noble-Rollin and Geoff Lawrence will be in the reserves hides to discuss and explore bird species in the reserve.

The event is free and there is no need to book. The entrance to the reserve is via Lake Lodge, accessible via Salters Lane (A189), which runs between West Moor and South Gosforth.

For more information, visit the Society’s office on the second floor of the Great North Museum: Hancock, call (0191) 232 6386 or visit www.nhsn.ncl.ac.uk
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Old June 11th, 2010, 12:13 AM   #43
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Out for one of my afternoon constitutionals the other day, I came across this little "park". It has such a good location and is a real sun trap, being south facing. I never realised it was there, but it's such a shame that it's been neglected for goodness knows how long.....and judging by the litter and general detritis around, it's a regular haunt of all the alchies, druggies, chavs etc. of an evening.

Anyone recognise it, or care to guess where it is?



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Old June 11th, 2010, 12:16 AM   #44
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Is it in Heaton? The railings look the same as ones that border the ECML on First Avenue. Total stab in the dark like.
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Old June 11th, 2010, 12:27 AM   #45
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No Toonlad, not Heaton, a lot more central than that
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Old June 11th, 2010, 12:42 AM   #46
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Is it near City Stadium, going down into the Ouseburn valley?
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Old June 11th, 2010, 12:48 AM   #47
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Is it near City Stadium, going down into the Ouseburn valley?
No, still more central
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Old June 11th, 2010, 12:54 AM   #48
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One more clue

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Old June 11th, 2010, 01:16 AM   #49
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Looks like 'the Gardens' down by the quayside. An area once frequented by gentlemen seeking 'casual encounters' with other gentlemen. I think someone was eventually murdered here, hence it falling out of use. I've only walked through once, and it was pretty creepy.
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I think I know the area you mean (not from personal experience I hasten to add), over the road from Copthorne!? Not there either i'm afraid, but right idea. It's actually down below the Redheugh Bridge, alongside Shot Factory Lane, just down the the arena.



I can only assume it's fallen out of use with the decline of the factories and the like that were in that area. The stairs down in my previous picture lead down to Skinnerburn road, but the trees around the corner at the bottom have totally overgrown the stairs and the bottom has actually been fenced off.

Seems a real shame it's fallen into dis-repair.
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Old July 5th, 2010, 10:27 AM   #51
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Parks in North Tyneside and Newcastle
are on target for £7m facelift

July 5th 2010, by Tony Henderson, The Journal


RESTORATION schemes for three Tyneside parks picked up speed today thanks to lottery cash windfalls.

Wallsend Parks in North Tyneside is on target for a £7m facelift after the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund awarded a grant today of £2.45m.

North Tyneside Council has also pledged £2.85m towards the project.

Wallsend Parks consists of Princes Road Arboretum, Richardson Dees Park and Wallsend Civic Hall grounds.

The HLF also announced it was awarding £109,000 to the council so it can develop final specifications for the revitalisation of Northumberland Park in North Shields ahead of a £2.2m HLF funding application.

The Wallsend Parks funding will be used to:

Extend the Park Lodge to provide office space for council parks staff, police and probation services.

Restore historic features, including the bandstand, lake, Duffy Memorial, Vinery wall and upper promenade at the Civic Hall.

Improve sports and play facilities, planting, and increase management and maintenance.

The plans are part of a council scheme to regenerate parks across North Tyneside, including Killingworth Lake Park, Tynemouth Park and Churchill Playing Fields.

The third park to benefit from today’s handout is Walker Park in Newcastle.

It has been given £65,250 in development funding to prepare for a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund of £1,412,350.

Officially opened in 1891, Walker Park provided a much-needed open space for the local people in a time of mass industrialisation. Plans for the park include the restoration of its Robert Burns statue.


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Old July 15th, 2010, 05:10 PM   #52
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Old July 15th, 2010, 08:35 PM   #53
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Finally, the level of demand seems to be being recognised...
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Old July 22nd, 2010, 07:58 PM   #54
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Old July 28th, 2010, 06:19 PM   #55
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Our "Green Flag" Parks . .
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Old August 15th, 2010, 02:38 PM   #56
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Fenham wasteland becomes field of dreams
August 11th 2010, by Sarah Scott, Evening Chronicle



From a wasteland, this oasis has been turned into a field of dreams.

The once overgrown allotment is bearing fruit for a charity to help feed needy folk.

The plot at Nuns Moor in Fenham, Newcastle, has been given a fresh lease of life by a team of volunteers at the People’s Kitchen, which provides meals for the homeless from its base on the city’s Bath Lane.

The People’s Kitchen first took over the allotment four years ago but until recently did not have enough volunteers to fully realise its potential.

But now users of the centre are helping to tend the plot, where enough fresh produce is grown to feed the 600 people who visit the kitchen every week.

Just over a year ago the allotment was taken over by volunteer Peter Samuel when the 66-year-old from Durham retired as a surgeon at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

He has put together a team of volunteers who have turned the overgrown area into a productive kitchen garden.

He said: “It was quite bad when I took over, there were weeds up to waist height. There were also tree trunks everywhere.

“I started on my own but then three others joined me on a more regular basis.

“Some of the users of the kitchen have come up as volunteers when they can. When the fresh produce is used in the kitchen it is put up on the menu board and people are really interested.”

The allotment team includes Peter along with regular helpers Steven Eastwood, John Lewis and Judith Asbury.

They have added a new shed and expanded their plot for what they hope will become a fruit orchard with pears, plums and more soft fruit in the future.


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Old September 6th, 2010, 10:17 AM   #57
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Record entry highlights Newcastle allotments
September 6th 2010, by Amy Hunt, The Journal


THE biggest, the longest and the funniest, all were put before judges at one of the North East's biggest allotment show.

The Newcastle Allotment and Garden Show, now in its ninth year, saw a record 1,250 entries, up from 980 in 2009.

It brought together exhibits from keen gardeners and novice growers alike, from plump pumpkins and luscious leeks, to fabulous flower arrangements and pukka pickles and chutneys.

The show, organised by Newcastle’s Allotment Working Group and the city council, is aimed at anyone who grows their own and looks to celebrate locally-produced food.

Council recreation development officer Helen Raper, who helped organise the event, said: “A lot of allotment shows have closed down through lack of interest or funding, but this one is going from strength to strength.

“We get so many entries in all of the categories and so many people having a go for the first time.

“This year we’ve put on more things for children, because more and more families are coming to the event and we want people to be able to stay for longer.” Five-year-old Sam Campbell, from South Gosforth, scooped two prizes, best funny face made of vegetables and best children’s entry in show.

Dad Ian said: “We have had an allotment for most of Sam’s life.

“Now he’s older, he has his own little bit to grow things. He likes playing down there with this brother Daniel and sister Isobel.

“It gives them the chance to get out and find out how things grow, so they know fruit and veg doesn’t come from supermarkets.

“It’s not about being competitive, it’s about the fun of entering.”


FULL ARTICLE HERE - http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-e...1634-27208627/
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Old October 30th, 2010, 12:53 PM   #58
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Youngsters clean up Gosforth Central Park
October 29th 2010, by Kim Carmichael, Evening Chronicle



A TYNESIDE park is ready for winter, thanks to the hard work of volunteers.

The group spent the week revamping Gosforth Central Park, in Newcastle.

The 16 to 25-year-olds were taking part in the Prince’s Trust Make a Change Week, marking the 20th anniversary of the charity’s Team Programme.

Along with team leader Stewart Lamb, the group carried out tasks to make sure the park is ready for cold weather.

The scheme is intended to help build confidence and skills.

One of the volunteers who has benefited from the project is Ashleigh Lynch, 17, from Blakelaw, Newcastle.

She said: “The course has been great. I have been working on building up my confidence.”

The 12-week Team Programme supports disadvantaged young people into work.


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Old October 31st, 2010, 10:22 PM   #59
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New allotments are planned for part of City Stadium, between Heaton and Shieldfield.
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Old November 1st, 2010, 01:13 PM   #60
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New allotments are planned for part of City Stadium, between Heaton and Shieldfield.
I am surprised; God only knows what sort of crap is buried under there and making its way upwards. Though maybe there are parts of the site that aren't Ouseburn infill?
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