Vote for landform to get cash boost

Northumberland's newest tourist attraction is in line to get a lump sum from a funding initiative.

Monday, 7th March 2016, 8:20 am
Updated Monday, 7th March 2016, 8:21 am
Northumberlandia in Cramlington.

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative that will see three community groups and projects awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 or £8,000 – all raised from the 5p carrier bag charge.

Northumberlandia has been chosen to receive cash from the scheme, and people have been voting to decide just how much the nature site will get.

The Northumberlandia Natural Connections project will involve the creation of new wildlife habitats and provide improved access for visitors to explore the site and learn about the natural world.

It will involve creating a wildlife garden adjacent to the visitor centre/café and installing a screened bird feed station to encourage more species to the site.

A spokesman said: “If a full grant of £12,000 is awarded to us, this will enable us to agree a more formal arrangement with local schools to bring classes to the site as part of curriculum-led learning outside the classroom activities.

“This would involve funding buses to bring school groups to the site where needed, producing specific materials and guides to the site related to learning needs and additional time for the team to plan, coordinate and deliver educational activities.”

People have been voting over the past week for one of three projects, and the project with the highest number of votes will be awarded the most money.