A seat for all seasons

Northumberland Wildlife Trust volunteers Peter Cowling,
Mel Rockett and Mo Dewar test out the new bench at Annstead Dunes. Picture by Geoff Dobbins
Northumberland Wildlife Trust volunteers Peter Cowling, Mel Rockett and Mo Dewar test out the new bench at Annstead Dunes. Picture by Geoff Dobbins

Nature lovers visiting a reserve in north Northumberland this autumn will now have somewhere to rest their legs and watch the world go by, thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Support from the charity lottery has enabled a team of volunteers from Northumberland Wildlife Trust to install a new seat individually crafted on its Annstead Dunes reserve, between Beadnell and Seahouses.

The seat has been made using an oak tree from the Trust’s Juliet’s Wood reserve and a Douglas fir tree from its Briarwood Banks which had blown down earlier in the year. It replaces an earlier memorial bench which had become unsafe to sit on.

Pictured on the seat are Trust volunteers Peter Cowling, Mel Rockett and Mo Dewar.

Geoff Dobbins, Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s senior estates officer, said: “It’s not always the big projects which makes the support from People’s Postcode Lottery so welcome, small projects such as this one can give just as much satisfaction as the bigger conservation tasks. Now visitors to the site can take a seat and admire the wonderful views across the reserve and out across the North Sea.”