IT won’t be ‘slippery when wet’ anymore at a South Tyneside nature reserve.
Tilesheds Nature Reserve, in East Boldon, is one of the most popular places in the borough for walkers and horse riders to visit.
But the pond platform, made of wooden decking at the location, was slippery and dangerous – particularly during wet weather
Now council community funding of almost £3,000 has been used to refurbish the platform with recycled plastic boards.
The boards visually resemble wood but their ‘non-slip’ surface ensures they don’t retain any moisture, which means algae cannot grow on them.
The same technique of using recycled plastic boards has also been used to surface boardwalks on other countryside sites elsewhere in the borough.
These include Primrose Nature Reserve, in Jarrow, and Station Burn Nature Reserve, Boldon Colliery.
The renovation and improvements were done by the council’s Greenspace team with funding from West Shields, Cleadon and East Boldon Community Area Forum (CAF).
Coun Olive Punchion, chairman of the forum, is delighted by the improvements.
She said: “The newly surfaced platform looks great and should provide visitors to the reserve with a safe and non-slip area from which to view the pond and its wildlife.
“Tilesheds Local Nature Reserve and the surrounding green space is very popular with walkers, horse riders and people just coming to feed the ducks.
“The West Shields, Cleadon and East Boldon CAF is delighted to be able to support projects such as this, to improve our green spaces for all users.”
The forum has also provided funding to purchase a new bench for Cleadon Hills nature reserve, after site-users alerted the council’s Greenspace team that the existing bench had gone missing from the reserve.
The bench has now been replaced with one made from recycled plastic, the same material used for the pond platform at Tilesheds.
For further information on local nature reserves across the borough please visit www.southtyneside.info/countryside or contact Clare Rawcliffe, countryside officer on 4247423, or e-mail email@example.com