This project would not have been possible without the support of the transport operator Nexus. The Nexus company is responsible for administering the budget of the Tyne and Wear integrated transport authority, and for the promotion of green travel. Public transport is one important way to reduce our carbon footprint. We are very thankful for the support of Nexus for the Station Masters’ Community Wildlife Garden.

The local branch of Northumbria Police in Whitley Bay helped to kick start the project. Without their positive intervention none of this would have happened. Thanks in particular to PC Kevin Daykin (2111).

A grant from the North Tyneside Council Area Forum for Whitley Bay enabled us to begin our project. Councillors Michael MacIntyre and Alison Austin for Whitley Bay have supported us along the journey. Many Council employees have also been fundamental to the success of this project. Thank you.

The North Tyneside Voluntary Organisations Development Agency (VODA)helped us with establishing our organisation and understanding all of the steps we would need to take. VODA is a registered charity providing advice, training, information and support to volunteers and voluntary and community groups in North Tyneside.

We are insured for public liability through our membership in the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens. This organisation supports, represents and promotes community-managed farms and gardens across the United Kingdom. Members of CAWCRA may access all parts of the site using the password that is provided on the forum.

The Friends of Brierdene manage a small coastal dene at the northern end of Whitley Bay. The five hectare site is locally important for coastal migrants, mammals, herb rich banksides and a number of butterfly species. Friends of Brierdene have won several community awards for their work. Steve Stone, their conservation and volunteer coordinator, helped us to identify the flora and fauna at our site. The Friends of Brierdene have also offered to volunteer for us!

The Comfrey Project is a charity based in Newcastle upon Tyne. The project first started in 2002 and since then it has been delivering well being, mental health and other support services to asylum seekers and refugees. The Comfrey Project runs group based horticultural and cooking activities in allotment sites and community venues in Gateshead and Newcastle. The emphasis of the project’s sessions is to provide a safe, friendly and relaxed environment where service users are respected, listened to, understood and valued. The Comfrey Project won the Guardian charity award in 2009.

The Homeless Garden Project is based in Santa Cruz, California. The Project provide job training and transitional employment to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Their programs offer trainees an opportunity to rebuild and develop basic life skills and a sense of worth as human beings.

The North East England branch of Butterfly Conservation provides everything you need for butterfly spotting and conservation.

Ispot is a community run identification website. If you find plants you don’t know, try posting to this site.