A view looking over the Phragimities reed pond at the rear of Teesside Park, where the students have been involved in managing the reeds using traditional methods

Students Help Out in Award Winning Nature Project

Wed, 2001-12-19 00:00

East Durham College students have had a helping hand in bringing a major environmental award to a North East shopping Park.

Teesside Shopping Park, just off the A66 in Stockton-on-Tees, has been presented with a Green Apple award from the Green Organisation at a presentation held at the House of Commons in London.

The Wild at Teesside biodiversity project has transformed the area surrounding the out of town shopping and leisure facility into a nature haven.

Funded by park owner, British Land, the year-long project aimed to encourage more insects, birds, animals and plants in the River Tees wildlife corridor.

Students from the East Durham College worked with the management team at Teesside Park, Wolsingham-based ecologists Barrett Environmental and volunteers to improve biodiversity at the park.

It’s one of the few remaining schemes that meets the tough criteria of the Brussels-led EBAEs, and winners are automatically entered the prestigious European Business Awards for the Environment.

Park manager, Mike Clarke, said: “We are really delighted to win this award – our management team; retailers and shoppers have all enjoyed literally getting our hands dirty to improve the biodiversity of the area”.