Tees

Stockton wildlife sanctuary gets £31,500 SITA funding

Keith Mathews, Martin Allen and David Rose at Pickard's Meadow in Wynyard Woodland Park
Image caption The 10 hectares site will become the largest of its kind in Teesside

A disused piece of land is going to be transformed into a flowering wildlife sanctuary in Stockton after receiving £31,500 in funding.

The money comes from SITA Trust's enriching nature programme and will benefit Pickard's Meadow in Wynyard Woodland Park.

It will also be used to create ponds for grazing animals, an owl nesting box and a footpath.

The 10 hectares site will become the largest of its kind in Teesside.

Once complete the meadow will account for 4% of the national Biodiversity Action Plan target set by the government.

The council is working with The Wildflower Ark (specialists in the flora of the Lower Tees Valley) to prepare and monitor the site, as well as other organisations such as Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, Teesmouth Bird Club and the National Grid.

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