About the Project
There are four gates decorated with flora and fauna in situ either end of a pathway that provides access to the Woodland Centre, the garden and the woodlands. These 4 metres high gates were built by a local artist in the 1990s and used to signify the joining up of the Tees valley wide Cleveland Forest. Opened by David Bellamy these magnificent gates have now lost their function with the demise of the Cleveland forest plan, and we want to bring them back into public awareness with this project. The artist will involve local families in workshops re the return of the gates, and this will help Saltburn Friends of the Valley to develop its role in the community.
About the Charity
We promote biodiversity to the local public through education, conservation,enhancement and enjoyment. We are a small local charity that manages a Woodland Centre and garden area situated at the entrance to Saltburn woodland and valley. We provide events and workshops in this area and work with all the public to achieve our aims. The Centre is hired out for children's parties at low cost and we are developing our work with children and young people with living willow wigwam, tunnel and dome. We work with local organisations e.g. Tees Valley Wildlife Trust with some of their projects e.g. bat and mammal surveys. We are volunteer run and have a core group of 6 with a wider group who join in a variety of activities. We change lives through opening peoples eyes and minds to the natural world