Volunteers sought as clean up of Wapping Burn continues

Volunteers are being sought for a clean-up operation to breathe new life into Wapping Burn in Peterlee.

The Wear Rivers Trust along with the help of local businesses has been breathing new life into Wapping Burn on Peterlee Business Park following recent landscaping works to enhance the previously damaged channel.

Volunteer tasks kicked off this week with a wetland planting task.

Local businesses have been involved in the project since 2014 and Wear Rivers Trust are now seeking wider support from others to manage the newly restored sites and deliver further improvements to other sections downstream.

The trust proposes to host a series of monthly team building work parties for local businesses to help carry out weed control, litter picks, wetland and tree planting, vegetation management and more to continue the rehabilitation of what will be an excellent wildlife corridor in the heart of Peterlee Business Park.

The Wear Rivers Trust have been working with the Coastal Streams Partnership, Environment Agency and Northumbrian Water to improve in stream habitats for wildlife and now feel it is time to call on the support of local businesses to help look after the environment with their ongoing support.  By working in partnership, they hope they can secure long term management arrangements of the burn and provide teams of helpers with opportunities to improve their health and wellbeing through these team building events, a healthy work force is a productive and happy work one.

Jim Wood from Caterpillar has been volunteering since the start of the project. He said: “It’s great to see all of the hard work coming together since I first got involved with the design stage of the project. The work being delivered on the burn is going to make a huge difference to the local environment and we all need to pull together and do our bit to keep it clean and tidy.”

Wear Rivers Trust is inviting all local businesses to get involved and get in touch to find out more about how they can help, no long-term commitment required.

For more information please contact Steve Hudson on 07880189231 or email steve.hudson@wear-rivers-trust.org.uk.

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