The Friends of Bassleton Beck
Project Category: Registered charity
Bassleton Beck sits between two large communities in the Borough of Stockton on Tees: Thornaby and Ingleby Barwick. It has footpath access to it and along part of its length. This is potentially an ideal spot to walk dogs, enjoy the outdoors, for children to play, and to learn about the local environment. However, the potential of the site is currently being overshadowed by issues with littering and the dumping of larger objects such as shopping trollies, garden chairs and tyres in the beck.
The principle aim of this project is to create a Friends of Bassleton Beck Group who will sustain activity in the beck past the project end and will be a key contact for local events. As well as being a focus for works on the beck, activity on the ground will promote local pride and a feeling of ownership of Bassleton Beck in the local community. The project will improve water quality and flow and make it a safer place for local visitors and school groups to visit and enjoy.
Within England, the Tees Valley is ranked within the most deprived 10% of the population. This emphasises the need to focus on improving and making precious local natural resources for the benefit of learning and wellbeing. Its position makes it a prime location to be enjoyed by the communities around it. Environmental improvements are expected to promote outdoor and physical activity which is also attributed to improving mental health.
Based on our work in similar situations in the Tees Catchment, The Tees Rivers Trust believes that clearing the beck of litter, debris and fallen trees will open up its potential and kick start a movement of greater stewardship. The beck will thus play a pivotal role in drawing the surrounding communities together; strengthening community spirit and pride in the local area. It will also be a prime location for outdoor education and citizen science monitoring projects.
Many thanks go to the Greggs Foundation for funding this project.
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Bassleton Beck, between Thornaby and Ingleby Barwick