Little-known Gateshead river restored

Follingsby Max aerial view

One of Gateshead's little-known tributaries of the River Tyne has been restored and revived as part of a major business park development.

The little-known River Don, which rises near Springwell and flows east before turning north to meet the River Tyne at Jarrow, flows along the edge of the Follingsby Max development site in Follingsby.

The river is considered to be an area of environmental importance in the region, but over the years it has been substantially altered and straightened as a result of farming practises and urbanisation.

The Environment Agency, Gateshead Council and a number of  local partners have come together to re-naturalise the river to help restore the local habitat and ecology, and to improve the quality of the water.

The work has been fully funded by Highgrove, the developer of the Follingsby Max enterprise zone development.

04 December 2018

One of Gateshead's little-known tributaries of the River Tyne has been restored and revived as part of a major business park development.

The little-known River Don, which rises near Springwell and flows east before turning north to meet the River Tyne at Jarrow, flows along the edge of the Follingsby Max development site in Follingsby.

The river is considered to be an area of environmental importance in the region, but over the years it has been substantially altered and straightened as a result of farming practises and urbanisation.

The Environment Agency, Gateshead Council and a number of  local partners have come together to re-naturalise the river to help restore the local habitat and ecology, and to improve the quality of the water.

The work has been fully funded by Highgrove, the developer of the Follingsby Max enterprise zone development.

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