Bid to save Greenses pier helped by historic research
PLANS to restore the dilapidated pier at The Greenses harbour in Berwick have taken several strides forward.
Local inshore fishermen and residents are about to form a social enterprise group that will allow the harbour to turn back time and reintroduce the objectives of the village in 1897 when the breakwater was built.
In addition the group suggests there may be an opportunity to look at diversification options if there are changes to the marine conservation regulations in the future.
Currently, those involved are researching the history of the breakwater and with the help of Richard Ormiston, Jim Walker and Fantasy Prints are putting together a strong case with pictures recording the construction and popularity of the Greenses.
Local boat builder Charlie Anderson has made a model replica of a purpose built Greenses coble and the research will enable the group to demonstrate how important the construction of the breakwater really is to enable grant funding to be secured.
Coun Brian Douglas, member for Berwick North on Northumberland County Council, said: “I’m quite pleased with the progress made and although the breakwater was built at a cost of £1000 it will take several times that amount to take the project forward.
“It’s a case of ‘Save it or lose it’ because once it’s gone, it’s gone and the residents of The Greenses are determined that this will not happen.”
The sea fishermen of the Greenses and their families once lived nearby in Low Greens. The community was actually known as the Greenses Arabs as they were a community of Flemish, Portuguese, French, Spanish and locals.
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