VIDEO: Former factory site transformed into wildlife haven

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A FORMER factory site is to be transformed into a haven for the public and wildlife.

The derelict Ford Oval site, in South Hylton, has been taken over by Sunderland City Council and work has now started on the change.

Councillor James Blackburn and Jeff Minto of Bramblewood measuring out the surface for the new children's playground, to be constructed in Ford Oval, Sunderland, watched by Councillor Susan Watson

Councillor James Blackburn and Jeff Minto of Bramblewood measuring out the surface for the new children's playground, to be constructed in Ford Oval, Sunderland, watched by Councillor Susan Watson

The work is expected to last eight weeks and at the end there will be a grass area, a toddler play space and wetland to encourage birds and other wildlife.

 Coun James Blackburn, portfolio holder for attractive and inclusive city, said: “The aim of our Greenspace and Play and Urban Games Strategies have been to identify unused land which could become a community asset and provide local people with a valuable sport, recreation and outdoor education resource.

 “Both strategies have been led by local people themselves, taking part in public consultation and working with us through their local area committees to suggest where such sites exist and how they can be transformed.

 “The aim of the South Hylton Environmental Project is to make the most of what is a very diverse site, to create both a play and sports area on one part of the site and a wildlife area in the other.”