Exploring geology from Alnmouth to Holy Island

Howick Heritage Group has received funding to make the geology of our coast accessible to all.
Howick Heritage Group has received funding to make the geology of our coast accessible to all.

A project on the geology of the north Northumberland coast has been awarded thousands of pounds-worth of lottery funding.

Last week, the Howick Heritage Group received £7,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project – to make the geology of our coast accessible to all.

It will support volunteers fromAlnwick U3A Geology Group in researching locations along the coast from Alnmouth to Holy Island.

The Heritage Group will be publishing a well-illustrated book detailing the geo-walks that residents and visitors alike can enjoy.

Next summer there will be a series of professional-led geo-walk events consisting of illustrated talks and guided walks along the coast. A geologist will be going into schools to introduce young people to geo-diversity, using examples of rocks and fossils.

Helen Page, from Howick Heritage Group, said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident the project will lead not only to a much greater understanding of the importance of this coastal landscape and how it was formed, but hopefully foster a continuing interest in geology generally.”

Ivor Crowther, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund North East, said: We’re pleased to support this project which will put north Northumberland’s rich geological heritage – from evolutionary history to industrial remnants – in the spotlight.”