Improving cycle access through coastal reserve

Northumberland Wildlife Trust's Hauxley Nature Reserve. Picture by Duncan Hutt.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust's Hauxley Nature Reserve. Picture by Duncan Hutt.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust has received a cash boost of £5,548 from the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund.

The money will be used to improve the path on the wildlife charity’s Hauxley nature reserve that provides access to the coastal path.

The current footpath path that links the site with the Coastal Cycleway (National Route 1) is muddy and slippery in places and gets overgrown with weeds and overhanging trees.

Now, however, the new funding will allow the wildlife charity to upgrade this path to a stone-surfaced permissive cycleway with new signage at either end thereby providing access for all-weather walking, wheelchairs and pushchairs, with regular passing places.

Hauxley nature reserve is an important area for breeding birds, so work on the volunteer-led would be carried out over winter, to minimise disturbance. The project will take two weeks to complete and will be fully open to the public from spring 2015.

In April, the Gazette reported that the Trust received £26,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to further develop its plans for the Dynamic Druridge project, which focuses on the construction of a new visitor centre at Hauxley to replace the building destroyed by arson.