A TREASURE chest of £10,000 has been unlocked to back a park’s biodiversity project.
Environmental charity Groundwork North East and Cumbria has announced the cash will be pledged to support a community fund-raising appeal for Elba Park in New Lambton.
This cash injection will see the charity match up to £5,000 raised through community appeals as part of its X Marks the Spot campa- ign.
The park, the latest to be created on Wearside, is managed by the charity on behalf of The Land Trust.
The cash will fund work with some of the most deprived communities in Sunderland along with schools, youth groups, families, voluntary groups and residents to create habitats for birds, insects and mammals.
Volunteers will learn how to build habitats, maintain them and learn vital identification skills to be able to carry out wildlife surveys for years to come.
The project will conclude with a large BioBlitz, a 24-hour-long wildlife recording event where people chart and record all of the species found on the site.
The grant award follows the announcement that the park has scooped a runner up title for Site of the Year in the national and third Land Trust Awards.