Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

OUT AND ABOUT Maze Park

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

OUT AND ABOUT Maze Park

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This is not a traditional nature reserve, but three huge humps of material deposited on the banks of the river, right in the centre of Teesside. It is little more than ten years old, but Maze Park has developed a series of wildlife habitats which are home to a surprising variety of butterflies and birds

Highly visible from the A19 Flyover, the Maze Park mounds were constructed on an area of disused rail yards when the Teesside Development Corporation reclaimed acres of steel working and foundry sites. Some of the materials deposited on the site needed to be buried under a decent capping of clay and have since been planted with thousands of trees. Soon they will be a large patch of urban forest.

On other parts of the site, the ground is made from the crushed steelworks slag which was once a common feature of industrial sites across Teesside. When left to nature, these areas produce a meadow of wildflowers containing the species which can tolerate slag. …

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