Teesside wildlife reserve lands £362,000 Lottery funds

Plans for a wildlife haven on Teesside have moved a step forward thanks to a £362,000 Lottery boost.

Hartlepool Council is planning to use the grant to transform part of the Upper Burn Valley into a nature reserve over the next three years.

The council is hoping to involve local colleges and schools in the project and create a habitat for animals and birds.

Local colleges will use the haven to offer National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) in conservation.

Councillor Jonathan Brash, Chair of the Burn Valley Project Steering Group, said: "It is important to provide easily accessible and attractive open spaces, and this project has the potential to make a huge difference in terms of local people's health and general well-being."

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