Nature reserve is to get a facelift

LANDMARK... Cleadon Windmill.
LANDMARK... Cleadon Windmill.

A South Tyneside nature reserve is to undergo a facelift – and you could help it take shape.

South Tyneside Council has published a draft management plan for the Cleadon Hills local nature reserve, and it is now asking for ideas on how it could be improved.

Comments can be submitted until Saturday, March 15.

Coun Tracey Dixon, the council’s lead member for area management and community safety, said: “Cleadon Hills is possibly one of the borough’s most iconic local nature reserves with its distinctive grade-II listed windmill.

“The grasslands have national significance, for both its wildflowers and waxcap fungi.

“With this in mind, it is essential that we meet our obligations to protect, maintain and enhance this fabulous site, for current and future generations.

“This draft plan is an important step to ensuring the appropriate future management of the site is secured, and that we encourage the public to get involved and have their say.”

There are seven designated local nature reserves in South Tyneside, all but one of them managed by the council’s green spaces team.

Draft plans for Harton Downhill and Tilesheds nature reserves have already been published and consulted on, and over the next six months, others will be published for those at Marsden Old Quarry, Primrose at Jarrow, Station Burn, Boldon Colliery and Whitburn Point.

The management plans set out what is already known about each site, including its history, ecology and infrastructure, leading on to what the council would like to achieve on the site and how.

The council is inviting comments on how to get the best out of the reserves, both for people and wildlife.

You can have your say by visiting

Copies of the draft plan are also available to view in public libraries and at South Shields Town Hall.

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