On Sunday 14th December, Friends of Nature’s World held their first meeting at the Nature’s World site, after being granted monthly access to maintain the 26 acres.
The group has been set up to maintain Nature’s World and demonstrate that the community wants to keep this resource. It is hoped that the Friends of Nature’s World can promote the importance of green space within Middlesbrough and that the spaces that are important to communities should be protected and preserved for future generations to enjoy.
It is hoped that through this group forming, Nature’s World can be revitalised, raise the profile and awareness of the site, attract potential investors and stop it from falling into disrepair.
There are very few places where children can learn about local wildlife, growing organic food and the environment. Nature’s World encouraged a “hands on” approach to learning and was a valuable resource to a number of community groups.
It was discussed at the first meeting onsite, that there are a number of possibilities to use the land to benefit the community once again.
As Nature’s World is not identified in the local plan it means that legally it can not be sold for housing until 2029. It is possible it could be sold to a developer to land bank or sold off in sections to build 10 homes or less. With enough public support for the campaign, it is hoped that the land can be re-opened and a suitable alternative to housing found.
Friends of Nature’s World would like to appeal for volunteers to join the group and who can offer their time to maintain the site once a month. We are waiting to hear from Middlesbrough Council if some volunteers will be granted weekly access, as monthly access on a site that size will not be sufficient.
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