Photograph by Clive Winward
It was confirmed in a council meeting on 16th December 2015 that Middlesbrough Environment City, a charity which run a variety of projects in Middlesbrough which focus on communities becoming more sustainable, will be based at the former “Nature’s World” site. This will secure the future for part of the site. The council has demonstrated commitment to grant use of the site to benefit the community and for environmental uses for the short to mid-term which is commendable. This shows what can be achieved when “activists”, community groups and volunteers work together to secure the future of places they value. By demonstrating a proactive attitude it can open up new possibilities.
Volunteers have maintained and protected the towns assets for a number of years…just look at all the Friends groups who put events on for families and keep areas nice for us all (and for wildlife) such as Friends of: Linthorpe Cemetery and Nature Reserve, Stainton Quarry, Stewart Park, Blue Bell Beck, Boro Becks, Fairy Dell and Nature’s World.
It is good news that MEC will be moving onsite but the future is still uncertain for the gardens and water features.
Friends of Nature’s World are always in need of volunteers, so please get in touch if you are interested in helping out.