The trail takes in some of the area’s most iconic historical sites, such as the Montagu pit disaster memorial. They were posted on line, with photographs, during lockdown, for those who were unable to get out and about to enjoy.
The initiative is part of our work to promote eating well, moving more and living longer. It was funded by the developer of The Rise housing project – New Tyne West Development Company (NTWDC) which has pledged £10,000 to the cause.
As social distancing rules are finally fully relaxed, after more than 16 months, a group of volunteers are planning to invite local residents to enjoy the trail around Scotswood. The aim is to get as many longstanding and new Scotswood residents as possible to meet, socialise safely and having fun, as they learn about the local area.
Kath English, Director of Health Promotion with Healthworks Newcastle, said: “Thanks to the support we have had from NTWDC we were able to continue our work right through the pandemic – although in very different, socially distanced ways.
“These trails were devised during that period, so it is fantastic to now be able to invite the whole community to come along and enjoy the sense of community and history that Scotwsood has to offer. We would encourage people to try these trails with their families and friends, from their doorsteps, and enjoy their historic and beautiful surroundings.”
Lee McGray, Director with NTWDC, added: “Supporting local work like this, which encourages community cohesion and opportunities for new and existing residents to get together is a key aim of our project. Hopefully these trails will just be the start of a range of activities planned for the coming year that will help forge links and friendships on and beyond The Rise.”
NTWDC is a partnership between Newcastle City Council and regeneration and construction specialist, Keepmoat Homes. Since it began developing the 27 hectare site on the banks of the River Tyne at Scotswood, almost 400 homes have been completed – 332 for private sale and the remainder for affordable rent and shared ownership.
Construction is being stepped up to deliver 100 homes a year over the next five years and when completed, The Rise will comprise around 1,800 homes with its own district heating system – already in place – and a neighbourhood centre, including community, retail and health provision space.
Alongside this, local community and charity groups – such as ourselves – will continue to benefit from up to £75,000 each year from a fund set up to support educational, art and environmental initiatives, celebrating the area’s history.
You can access the historic trail here