media release AkzoNobel funds improvements in the green oasis September 09, 2011 The Friends of Brierdene have received a £2000 boost from the AkzoNobel community programme to improve community access and the environment in the popular conservation area in Whitley Bay. The Friends of Brierdene have received a £2000 boost from the AkzoNobel community programme to improve community access and the environment in the popular conservation area in Whitley Bay. accessible steps have been installed at the eastern end of the Brierdene and employees from the AkzoNobel Hammerite plant in Prudhoe, are getting involved by painting all the wooden bridges over the Brierdene Burn in a clear decking protector. Their practical help will help improve the Brierdene for everyone to enjoy. Jackson, Site Manager, said: "It is great to be able to contribute to something that makes a genuine contribution to the lives of the people around us. The Community Programme means that everyone in our company who wants to change something for the better, however small, can." Des Bustard treasurer of Friends of Brierdene said: "We are very grateful to John Farrow and his colleagues at the Hammerite plant in Prudhoe for choosing to support Friends of Brierdene through their community programme." the start of the community program more than 4,000 volunteers from 45 countries have worked on more than 800 projects, totalling over £6.2 million and benefiting tens of thousands of people. The initiatives have varied from offering sustainable support to disabled people, young children and the elderly to providing better conditions for homeless people, disaster victims, deprived groups and even animals.