Peregrini officer reveals extent of project’s work

David Suggett
David Suggett

The Peregrini landscape partnership will ends its three years of activity in a coastal area stretching from Holy Island and Cocklawburn to Budle Bay with some tremendous conservation, archaeological and biology projects completed.

The £1.8million scheme, backed by Heritage Lottery money, was described to Berwick Probus Club on Wednesday by one of its senior officers, David Suggett.

He said they were helping to make the area an even better place in which to live.

Paid officers have been supported all the way by enthusiastic volunteers.

The old lifeboat house on Holy Island had been transformed into an interpretative centre, archaeological work had unearthed important findings, activities had been provided for local schools, the island’s pier had been raised by as much as a metre in places and the significant investment had been well-used.

Three wardens had been appointed for nesting and survey work and wartime structures were being put back into use at Cocklawburn gun emplacement, Newtown (Budle) and Goswick.

A new project this spring has opened up gateways and seascapes at Cocklawburn and Budle Bay with a viewing platform to be built in a £220,000 scheme at the well-used lay-by near Waren Mill.

Willow structures, workshops, nature trails, art and an important heritage festival are all planned before the programme is concluded.