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Published 1st Sep 2011

The Boro Becks Team

An ambitious project to restore wild flowers to Middlesbrough’s meadows has been unveiled.

The project is being run by the Boro Becks team and members of the public are needed to help make the project a success.

During September and October the meadows along four of Middlesbrough’s becks will be cut.

Cutting and removing hay helps keep grass under control and allows wild flowers to flourish.

On some of the becks in Middlesbrough this management hasn’t happened and so urgent action is needed.

The Boro Becks team has arranged for the hay to be cut but the team are in need of volunteers to help rake it up to remove from site.

Barry Jobson, Boro Becks Ranger, said: “Back when Middlesbrough was mostly farmland, the fields would have been meadows full of wild flowers, but sadly very few of these meadows remain.

“As well as looking beautiful, these wild flowers provide abundant nectar for bees and butterflies which have been declining in recent years, so we need to keep our meadows managed to help these pollinators survive.

“Once the hay is removed the volunteer rangers will also be sowing extra seed in meadows that are lacking in wild flowers, which ensure a wonderful display of colour and nectar-rich flowers in future years.

“Volunteering with Boro Becks is ideal for those wanting to keep themselves active, and is a great way to get out in the sunshine and see the wildlife Middlesbrough’s becks have to offer”.

The events will be at the following places:

Marton West Beck (September 5, 12 and 16) – meet at Sutton Estate Resident’s Association, Collin Avenue from 9:30am to 2:30pm.

Ormesby Beck north (September 19 and 26) – meet at Langridge Initiative Centre, Langridge Crescent from 9:30am to 2:30pm.

Ormesby Beck south (September 28 and 29) – meet at Park End Community Centre, Overdale Road from 9:30am to 2:30pm

Middle Beck (October 3, 4, 5 and 6) – meet at Charlbury Road Community Centre, Charlbury Road from 9:30am to 2:30pm.

Spencer Beck (October 7, 10, 11, 12, 13) meet at Thorntree Park Pavilion, off Spencerfield Crescent from 9:30am to 2:30pm.

To volunteer please ring the Boro Becks Team on 01642 515618 or email borobecks@middlesbrough.gov.uk

Food and hot drinks will be provided. Please bring suitable clothing for the task and weather conditions.

Useful links

Boro Becks on facebook

Boro Becks on flickr

Boro Becks group on flickr

@BoroBecksTeam - Boro Becks on twitter






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