The Northumberland and Newcastle Society
Founded in 1924, the Northumberland and Newcastle Society works to protect valuable buildings and landscapes and to enhance the quality of life in both urban and rural areas.
Our website is changing!
This website is no longer being updated as we are working hard on getting our new site ready for a launch in the New Year. Please accept our apologies and please come back soon. In the meantime, please visit our Facebook page for the latest news.(November 2013)
The Bishop of Newcastle speaks out against wind turbines.
The Rt Revd Martin Wharton has hit out at “the harm that is being done to our beautiful landscape on which the health of our rural economy, and especially tourism, depends.” (see full report in the Journal). The Society has taken this opportunity to issue a press release to highlight it's own concerns, and to draw attention to the Belford Burn application for nine 100m turbines high on the escarpment above Belford.
Northumberland Coast AONB under threat from wind farms.
The Society has highlighted its concerns that the Northumberland Coast AONB landscape, which is enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year, is being severely damaged by wind farm developments. See the press release (pdf) and supporting information. (August 2013).
Moorbank Botanic Gardens are under threat
In October 2012, Newcastle University revealed they were withdrawing support from the site that they have occupied for 90 years. Since then, the 50 garden volunteers, the Friends of Moorbank, have been working hard to save the garden and keep it open to the public. Plans have been put forward to take over the care of the gardens but these have been rejected by the Freemen of Newcastle who are the landlords. They are planning to close the site to the public and relocate the plants of botanical interest. A petition to save the garden has been launched. (July 2013)
Our urban and rural environments face many threats as well as offering new opportunities for enhancement. We care about our environment and work to ensure that any development is acceptable and sympathetic to its surroundings. Find out more about us.
We make a difference
As individuals we often feel powerless to influence decisions about planning matters that affect our quality of our lives. We work with other bodies at local and national level on major issues. To find out more, visit our caseload page.
We welcome new members
By joining us you will help to support our work and make sure that future generations can enjoy their surroundings. You can also enjoy a range of social events and you will receive the Society's quarterly magazine City and County. See our membership page for further details or contact us by email or in writing at the address below.