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£10,000 award to be used to build wildlife city in Sunderland

CASH WINDFALL: Elba Countryside Park, which has been awarded a grant and also been hailed as one of the UK's best parks.

CASH WINDFALL: Elba Countryside Park, which has been awarded a grant and also been hailed as one of the UK's best parks.

RARE species will be given a safe haven, thanks to funding awarded to a green charity.

Environmental charity Groundwork UK has handed £10,000 to its North-East branch from its national X Marks the Spot Campaign.

Groundwork North East will use the cash to create a wildlife city for some of the rarest species in the area, in Elba Park, near Fence Houses.

The Biodiver-city scheme will see the charity working with schools, community groups and residents to create the habitats and show people how to look for and record wildlife.

Groundwork has been awarded the funding on the condition it can raise another £5,000 to make sure the project can go ahead.

Nichola Hesslewood, programme co-ordinator at Groundwork, said: “We have never had to embark on fund-raising to this scale before, and there is a lot riding on us being able to secure £5,000.

“The project will help increase biodiversity at Elba Park and help the park to act as an important wildlife corridor to other areas, such as Herrington Park, Washington & Wetlands Centre and Rainton Meadows.”

A fun day will be held between 11am-3pm on Saturday, August 23, to help raise the cash.

Andrea Baxter, senior community ranger, said: “We hope to beat last year’s attendance of over 1,000 people this year, and will be fund-raising on the day to help us reach our £5,000 target.”

To find out how to donate to the project, contact andrea.baxter@groundwork.org.uk or call 07587778452.

 

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