Funding from Northumbrian Water helps transform quarry into nature reserve in North East.

A community in Northumberland has successfully transformed a former quarry into a vibrant nature reserve with the help of funding from Northumbrian Water. Embleton Quarry, once used for whinstone extraction and later as a council tip, is now teeming with bird and bat species, thanks to the restoration efforts led by community volunteers.

The funding, part of Northumbrian Water’s Bluespaces program, was provided as a result of a £3m upgrade to the Embleton Sewage Treatment Works. This upgrade allowed the treatment plant to accommodate population growth and climate change, ensuring water quality in Embleton Burn remains protected.

Enhancements to the nature reserve funded by Northumbrian Water include improved access with tracks suitable for all visitors, including those with mobility challenges, as well as the installation of bat boxes and a sandmartin bank. The community has praised the funding for creating and enhancing habitats while making the site fully accessible to the public.

Volunteer Margaret Watchorn highlighted the importance of the funding in revitalizing the brownfield site and providing opportunities for community involvement. Project Manager Paul Davison expressed his satisfaction with the positive impact the project has had on the community, including donations to support local play park improvements and community hall initiatives.

The successful transformation of Embleton Quarry into a thriving nature reserve showcases the benefits of environmental revitalization and community collaboration.

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