Wildlife trail idea is welcomed

Plans for the creation of a wildlife trail have been welcomed by Berwick town councillors.

Wednesday, 1st May 2019, 13:48 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st May 2019, 13:55 pm
A Lowry panel in Berwick. Picture by Jane Coltman

Berwick U3A, in association with other local groups, is proposing the creation of a series of interpretation boards from the railway station to Spittal across the Old Bridge.

Some private funding has been obtained and Berwick Town Council has signalled its interest in providing support to get them installed.

However, members have requested a presentation about the project to gather further details before committing to it.

Coun Lesley Stephenson said: “They are beautifully designed. They are quite eye-catching and I think people will really enjoy following that trail.”

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Coun Karin Graham added: “ It sounds really interesting. I like the sound of it.”

Coun Brian Parkin said: “I think it’s a good idea and spans the town taking in Berwick, Tweedmouth and Spittal, which is a huge advantage because a lot of arts are concentrated in the town centre.”

Meanwhile, councillors have asked the clerk to make further inquiries about ownership of the Lowry Trail panels around the town.

They had been asked if they wanted to consider formally adopting the trail but it was suggested the panels could be owned by Berwick Preservation Trust.

The town council has already agreed to fund the repair of one damaged panel as a one-off but there are concerns it sets a precedent.

“No-one has ever assumed responsibility for the maintenance of the Lowry Trail,” said clerk Gareth Davies. “It has simply been there. It’s one of those things where funding was found to create it but not maintain it.”

Coun Graham said: “We need to get other people involved before we step in.”

Coun Gregah Roughead agreed and suggested that down the line the council could facilitate a Friends of the Lowry Trail group which could seek funding.

Coun Robert Bruce added: “It does attract a lot of visitors and everyone admires them.”