Heaton Park for Pollinators!

Many of you will have seen signs for our hugely successful Beelines North East project across the city’s parks over the past 18 months.

Beelines North East has been improving parks and green spaces across the Newcastle and South East Northumberland by creating 18 ha of wildflower meadows, planting over 3000 blossoming trees, and introducing pollinator friendly plants into flower borders to make them better for bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects.

We are excited announce the latest biodiversity improvements as part of Beelines North East in Heaton Park.

Starting from Monday (15 May), we will be rotivating and reseeding the old bowling green in front of the pavilion with a pollinator friendly lawn mix. To allow the grass to germinate and flourish, the area will need to remain fenced off to members of the public throughout the summer and maybe in to autumn.

We understand the old bowling green is a popular area for people to play, walk their dogs, and enjoy the sun in Heaton Park, so as soon as the new grass has established we will reopen the area. We would kindly ask dog walkers to please keep their dogs off the old bowling green whilst the fences are up to allow the grass to grow. The works are taking place over the summer as it’s the best growing season for grass.

As part of Beelines North East, we have already delivered a number of improvements to Heaton Park, including:

  • Planting over 200m2 of wildflower meadow on the border to the old bowling green.
  • Improving 1000m2 of low mow areas throughout the park.
  • Creating a new pollinator friendly shrub bed, that has been designed in collaboration with Northumbria University and the RHS.
  • Planting eight new blossom trees surrounding the old bowling green.

This planting scheme has been designed to create a park that allows both people and wildlife to thrive. The plants, trees and flowering lawns have been chosen to provide food for pollinating insects throughout the spring and summer, whilst providing a colourful flowering display for people to enjoy.

You can find out more about Beelines North East here.

We thank you for your patience and understanding whilst we carry out these improvement works to your park. If you have any questions about the works, please contact us via info@urbangreennewcastle.org.