Restoration

Restoration and aftercare of Phases 1 and 3 are now complete. Phase 2 remains in aftercare until 2021 as following the completion of restoration of Phase 2 it was discovered that clays in the lake lining had not bonded to a watertight standard. Banks Mining was determined to resolve this issue and worked hard over several years with the local community to agree and implement a solution.

This revised design focussed on providing additional paths and walkways for the community to use along with redesigning the lake for aquatic birds such as ducks, gulls, geese and moorhens. The new plan was put into place in 2015 and the new Phase 2 was opened by Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck in 2016.

Banks Mining put in place a long term management plan and substantial endowment fund for Pegswood to ensure that it is protected in perpetuity as a Community Park and can be maintained to a high standard for the local community to enjoy forever.

Kate Culverhouse, CEO, Groundwork NE & Cumbria, August 2020: “We are delighted to be able to work with Banks in managing and maintaining the Pegswood Country Park. It has been a pleasure to see the site evolve into a vibrant community green space, which is accessible and free to all. Now at Pegswood, Groundwork work with the community to enhance the space which has become a valuable community resource to local residents and a haven for wildlife. Every year the site becomes more established and each year we see an increase in biodiversity. Pegswood is well used by dog walkers, horse riders, people watching wildlife and people exercising. There are well documented benefits to health and well-being associated with people exercising outdoors and it is fantastic that we can support this”.

Ian Lavery MP, Labour, Wansbeck, August 2020: “Pegswood Country Park is a well loved and well used community park. Banks Mining and Groundwork NE & Cumbria have done a great job in creating this community facility. Groundwork use Pegswood to train local people in landscape management to help them gain confidence and skills, to get into work, protect and improve green spaces. After initial issues with the clays not bonding on the lake walls Banks Mining did not walk away but worked with the local community to come up with solutions. All involved are to be commended for what they have created – a brilliant community park; accessible and teaming with wildlife.”

Cllr David Towns, Conservative, Pegswood ward, Northumberland County Council: “Pegswood Country Park in my ward is well used by dog walkers and local people getting some exercise. It’s free to use and accessible. There were issues in the early days with the lake not being water tight. However, Groundwork and Banks Mining have adapted the design to make the park work nonetheless. The planting is a real draw for wildlife; particularly insects.”

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