03 September 2017

Topsoil donation to iconic landmark

A country park and human landform sculpture are set to benefit from a donation of topsoil as the North Sea Link (NSL) Interconnector project breaks ground in Blyth.

The initiative is a joint venture between National Grid and Statnett who are working together to construct a new electricity link between the UK and Norway. The converter station and other on-shore infrastructure for the project is located at East Sleekburn, within the Blyth Estuary Renewable Energy Zone.

NSL Interconnector recently donated 10 tonnes of topsoil to Northumberlandia to aid maintenance and re-vegetation works within the 46-acre community park. Project contractors GRAHAM Construction transported the soil from Blyth to the Northumberlandia site. Funded and developed by Banks Group and Blagdon Estate, it is famed for its award-winning Lady of the North human landscape sculpture and provides a home for a range of wildlife. It was built as part of the restoration of the adjacent Shotton surface mine.

Grace Rodgers, project manager at GRAHAM Construction, said: “Here at GRAHAM we are totally committed to working alongside those people who live near to the projects we deliver – becoming an active and positive part of community life. 

“It is our pleasure to help with the donation of the topsoil needed to help enhance a local landmark and we hope that the community will benefit from our involvement in this project for many years to come.

"We are delighted to be collaborating with NSL on this phase of the North Sea Link project. To be involved in such an innovative initiative that is helping to shape the future in power supply is very rewarding."

Nigel Williams, NSL Interconnector director, said: “As the project progresses, we are continually seeking to re-use materials and resources in ways which support local activities connected to conservation.

“We are delighted to support the long-term sustainable management of Northumberlandia through this donation.”