Our Environment Project Officer co-ordinates dozens of volunteers who help manage and enhance Ouseburn’s green spaces. We are also involved in a range of projects that aim to improve our green spaces and river for the benefit of wildlife and people alike. If you’d like to be involved in any of these projects please contact us.

Our projects

River life

We are working on a number of plans including ways to green the riverbanks and improve the existing floating islands, as well as how to investigate water quality through tracking sources of pollution and monitoring the presence of invertebrates.

Supporting grassland habitats

We are asking the Council to stop mowing a number of locations across the Valley, so that bees and other pollinators have access to the nectar-rich wildlflowers they need. We’ll survey these locations throughout the year and our volunteers will scythe them at the end of the season.

Connecting with our woodlands

Most of the woodland in Ouseburn was planted in the mid 1980’s and we are looking at ways to improve its sustainability and biodiversity through supporting a mix of species and a varied understorey and woodland floor.

Blooming Ouseburn

We plant and maintain a number of beds across Ouseburn – including on Riverside Walk, Ouse Street and Horatio Street. Plants are donated by local growers and by friends such as Scotswood Garden and The Alnwick Garden.

Improving access

We are working with the Council to improve footpath surfaces, steps and handrails around the area. We are also looking at signage and interpretation to celebrate our incredible variety of wildlife and habitats.

Forest School opportunities

We are creating locations for play and exploration in our woodlands which could be used for activities by local schools and organisations.

Newcastle’s Nature Networks

A citywide partnership has been established with funding from DEFRA and The National Lottery Fund, to develop and improve pollinator pathways across Newcastle. In Ouseburn this will support grassland and woodland improvements and provide volunteer training in scything and coppicing.

Book a Group Guided Walk in Ouseburn through Ouseburn Trust

What we do

Discover everything we have to offer from learning experiences, heritage projects, funding opportunities and the regeneration of the Ouseburn Valley.