Fairy Dell

Fairy Dell, in the middle of Marton and Coulby Newham, is a haven for wildlife with its steeply wooded banks, becks, lakes, woodland and grassy glades. It is also a tranquil place for local people to enjoy a slice of countryside without leaving Middlesbrough.

The Fairy Dell Park was developed and planted by Middlesbrough Council in 1990, but the Dell remained in the naturalised state it had fallen into and was very overgrown. It was transformed by the award of a Heritage Lottery Bid which was matched by Middlesbrough Council and work began clearing the paths and beck and managing the trees.

The Middlesbrough Council continues to work with the Friends of Fairy Dell, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust and a wide range of other environmental groups to restore this local beauty spot for wildlife and people. The 42 acre site is a mixture of natural woodland, parkland, an ornamental lake and a a number of flood defence lakes.

The site regularly wins awards from Northumbria in Bloom as the Best Conservation Project and the active Friends Group maintain the paths and boardwalks, pick litter, clear the beck, and work hard to enhance the biodivity on the site. They regularly host educational and fun events to encourage greater numbers of visitors to the Dell to experience both the history and the beauty of the Dell.


Fairy Dell, Gunnergate Lane, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough. TS8 OUT

Tel: (01642) 577325

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