Recycled trees help to improve recreation areas

Over the last two months Northumberland County Council has collected and recycled over 800 real Christmas trees from residents.
This free service has not just helped residents to recycle, but it is now helping to improve a nature reserve and our coastline.
The recycled trees have helped to stabilise and improve our network of sand dunes in the south-east of our county, and to surface woodland footpaths in the East Cramlington Nature Reserve.
This vital work has improved both sites immensely, and it has allowed the areas to be more accessible year-round.
Councillor Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services, said: “This work has been vital in improving these two sites.
“It makes them much more accessible, as well as more attractive to potential visitors.
Work has been carried out by the Countryside and Green Spaces team, who have worked closely with a newly-formed community group.
This small group, called the East Cramlington and Seaton Valley Conservation Volunteers, helped with this project, and have some others of their own lined up.
They are holding a public event on 22nd February between 10am and 12 noon, meeting in the Lamb Street car park in East Cramlington.
You can learn how to make a bird box from everyday items and children that come along can make one for the site, or can take it home for a small donation.
The children will need to be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.
Councillor Swithenbank said: “It is great to see a group of residents coming together like this to improve these public spaces.
“It shows how much they care about their area, and it makes a big difference to our county.”
You can also find out about the important work of the group, including wildlife surveys, bird box erection and the instillation of a pond-dipping jetty.
If you would like to join the group, or simply find out more, then you can contact committee member Clive Robson on or the Trees and Woodland officer on 
The site is located off the B1326, opposite Lamb Street, East Cramlington.
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