The Trust is working alongside the Brandling and Exhibition Parks Community Trust in Newcastle to revitalise the Exhibition Park Lake for the benefit of people and wildlife.
The lake was created in 1887 as part of the Royal Jubilee Exhibition and has been in use since for boating and fishing. It supports some waterfowl, but is otherwise not a good lake for wildlife due to the concrete lining and sheer edges.
The Lakeside Explorer project is working to create new wildlife habitat at the north end of the lake, including reedbeds and marginal planting and is creating boardwalks and dipping platforms to let people use the lake as an educational resource. Future plans for Exhibition Park can be seen here.
We have helped by carrying out ecological surveys, offering advice on planting and encouraging wildlife, and by managing the project on behalf of the Brandling and Exhibition Parks Community Trust.