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Twizell Burn week of action

The Twizell Burn suffers from environmental issues relating to litter, fly-tipping, polluted water and general neglect.  Come and see what we’re doing to clean up your river during our Week of Action. 

Come along to our display trailer which will be situated in the car park opposite Asda Stanley, Front Street, to see what goodies we have on offer and meet some of your river’s residents!  We would love to hear your views about how you think we could further improve your river.

For further details on the activities taking place or how you can get involved please contact:

Toni Campbell, Customers & Engagement Officer

Environment Agency – Tel: 0191 203 4168 – Email: toni.campbell@environment-agency.gov.uk.

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Come and help make the Twizell twinkle

 A team of organisations are joining forces in November for a week-long cleaning blitz along a popular County Durham watercourse.

From Monday 18 November, the Environment Agency will be working with Chester-Le-Street & District Angling Club, Durham County Council, Durham Wildlife Trust, Northumbrian Water Ltd, Wear Rivers Trust, and Groundwork North East to bring new life to the Twizell Burn and its tributaries, which lies to the east of Chester-le-Street.

Some 11 kilometres of watercourse are to be tidied up through projects involving the local community. These include litter picking, removal of debris and tyres, and ecological surveying work.

The public are invited to come along and get involved during the week, when they will also be able to find out what other work is being done to improve the burn.

George Gerring, Catchment Coordinator at the Environment Agency, said: “The Twizell Burn catchment is an important natural environment that offers a great deal for local people to enjoy. However, the area’s mining heritage has left its mark and some parts have also suffered badly from fly tipping.

“The Environment Agency and its partners are serious about improving the catchment, and we are really keen for the local community to get involved. We hope many will come and join us to get involved in restoring Twizell Burn to its former natural beauty.”

Significant progress has already been made on cleaning up the burn. Previous investment includes £25,000 from Northumbrian Water to improve sewer overflow screening and £50,000 from Persimmon Homes who commissioned Groundwork North East to remove litter and plant trees along Kate’s Gill.

Eight water quality monitoring kits have also been installed during the past six months to help inform the longer-term clean-up project.

Events taking place during the week of action include removing rubbish, water wildlife sampling and identification, and wildlife walks. Pupils from local schools will also be taking part in activities, including learning about surface water drains and pollution through the Yellow Fish campaign.

Those who wish to find out more about the project are invited to drop in to a mobile information trailer that will be situated at the council car park opposite Asda, Stanley, from 9am until 3.30pm every day during the week. Alternatively, call Toni Campbell on (0191) 2034168 or email toni.campbell@environment-agency.gov.uk .

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