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The Tyneside Recovery Through Nature Team are now starting work on our new allotment site at Sunderland. As you can see from the photos it will be a long term project with lots of potential!
At the moment there are some old out-buildings on site that we are turning into a greenhouse and vegetable planting areas. Challenging but very rewarding!
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Castle Eden Dene is Natural England SSSI nature reserve situated on Durham’s heritage coast. The site itself covers 221 hectares of woodland and lowland grassland, where post-glacial melt waters have carved out some spectacular limestone cliffs and gorges. The Dene is 3.5 miles (5.6km) long and is the largest of a series of valleys which run down to the coast. It’s now the largest area of semi-natural woodland in north-east England, and is famous for its majestic yew trees, and fantastic stands of ancient oak and ash, with steep crumbling sides of the gorge made of soft magnesian limestone makes this a truly magical place to work and visit.
The CPT Group
Phoenix futures started the CPT programme at Castle Eden Dene in 2002, in this time there have been many projects that have been carried out by the Service Users going through their recovery programme, and embracing the conservation therapy programme as part of their recovery. They take on many different projects thought out the year, over the years we have carried out projects the likes of post and rail fencing, footpath repair, installation of gates, footpath revetments, scrub clearance and removal of invasive species i.e. rhododendron and Himalayan balsam.
Above photos are some of the CPT group members in action!