Project aiming to protect South Tyneside coastline

Souter Lighthouse.
Souter Lighthouse.

A new project aimed at celebrating and protecting the coastline and seas around South Tyneside is being promoted next week.

Durham Wildlife Trust will give a presentation on the initiative ‘Tyne to Tees – Shores and Seas’ at a meeting of the East Shields and Whitburn Community Area Forum.

The Heritage Coast Partnership is leading on the development of a new Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership scheme covering the shores and seas from South Shields to Seaton Carew.

With a marine and coastal focus, the project proposal is about pioneering the UK’s first Seascape Partnership.

The scheme will protect and celebrate the seascape’s rich heritage through a scheme of projects to be delivered over three years.

The ultimate aim is to better manage, record and improve the area’s natural, cultural and built heritage. One of the key elements of the project is to improve the data on the marine and coastal environment – particularly on species and habitats.

The project also aims to engage local people to become custodians of their coastline with a raft of volunteering opportunities.

Chairman of the area forum, Coun Neil Maxwell, said: “This is an exciting project which would allow us to link in with the growing momentum generated by the arrival of the Tall Ships in Sunderland next year.

“As a result of this initiative, hopefully coastal communities can become better engaged with their rich heritage and become better able to access the amazing coast on their doorstep.

The meeting is on Thursday at 6pm in St Gregory’s Church Hall off Borough Road in South Shields.

All are welcome.