Boro Becks Volunteer Rangers visit to Fairy Dell -
The Boro Becks project has been running since September 2010,
and covers four of the becks in Middlesbrough, including a section of Marton West Beck downstream of Fairy Dell, between Ladgate Lane and Keith Road.
The Boro Becks project is a partnership between Middlesbrough Council, the Environment Agency and Tees Valley Wildlife Trust. The project is funded by the Big Lottery Access to Nature Fund, administered by Natural England. As part of the project we work with local communities to volunteer on the becks.
A number of our volunteers are interested in forming a ‘friends’ group for their section of Marton West Beck, so the visit to meet the Friends of Fairy Dell was an ideal opportunity to see another part of this beck, see what work they have undertaken to improve their area, see how they have worked with the local community, schools and Middlesbrough Council, and to see how that work has achieved many successful improvements.
The Friends of Fairy Dell were very welcoming, and were on hand to give advice and share their knowledge of how their group came together and how they work, so that the Boro Becks volunteers could gain more of an understanding of how their fledgling group could come together. In return our volunteers helped strim some overgrown vegetation from around seats and art features, trimmed back vegetation from the edges of footpaths and did a litter-
Our work downstream of Fairy Dell has seen an overgrown and under-
The team are drawing-
The day was very useful for building relationships between the two groups, to help provide mutual support, friendship, linking up the wider-
Thank you for a great day out, and we hope we can pay each other a visit again soon!
Barry Jobson (Boro Becks Ranger) and the Boro Becks Volunteer Rangers.