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Published 24th Oct 2011

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Exciting plans to improve Marton West Beck have been unveiled.

New plans have been drawn up to include what local people want to see on their beck following public consultation in July.

The plans include seating, artwork, tree planting and enhancing biodiversity and will improve the area for people and wildlife.

Children from nearby primary schools, including Newham Bridge and St. Edward’s, will be involved in designing the seating and artwork with artist Graeme Hopper.

Barry Jobson, Becks Ranger, said “We are really pleased that people came forward to give us their views over the future of the beck.

“It is an area treasured by those living nearby as a place for their children to play and for walking.

“We’ve received some really good ideas which we’ve used to improve our plans and we are now ready to put them in place.”

A flyer showing the plans will be sent out to homes close to the beck and also to local libraries and schools.

Tree planting will begin in November with bridge improvements and benches installed following the artist’s school workshops.

The improvements are being funded by the Big Lottery as part of the Access to Nature grants programme administered by Natural England.

Boro Becks, a partnership between Middlesbrough Council, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust and the Environment Agency, is a three-year project working to improve four of the becks in Middlesbrough.

The plans can be viewed online on the Boro Becks website.

For more information about the consultation events, please ring the Boro Becks Team on 01642 515618 or email borobecks@middlesbrough.gov.uk

Useful links

Boro Becks Project (Download the consultation document here)

Boro Becks on facebook

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Boro Becks group on flickr

@BoroBecksTeam - Boro Becks on twitter






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