Have a look at the Pollen Count chart below to find out what the pollen count in Newcastle is today, and scroll through the next few days for a forecast of what's coming. The chart also highlights the levels of different types of pollen: grass, trees (birch, cypress, oak, plane and sweet chestnut) and weeds.
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Newcastle’s history dates back to the second century, to a small Roman settlement called Pons Aelius. In fact, parts of Hadrian’s Wall can still be seen from the city. From this small settlement it has grown into a thriving city, famous for its vibrant nightlife.
As one of the UK’s cleanest cities, Newcastle is likely to trigger less hayfever symptoms than other cities. This is because pollen particles stick to pollution, meaning that in heavily polluted cities, the pollen stays in the air for longer than normal. That said, no city is completely pollen free, so keep an eye on our pollen forecast for an idea of when the pollen count is likely to be high.
Hayfever symptoms are caused by tree, grass and weed pollen, which can all be found in Newcastle. Popular tree species include birch, yew, elm and oak, which are all common perpetrators when it comes to causing hayfever symptoms. Trees tend to pollen from as early as February to around July.
Unfortunately, you aren’t quite safe from pollen come July. From May to September grass and weed problems will become a problem, which are also abundant in Newcastle. Grass is commonly found in parks, whereas weeds are more likely to be found in wilder, less well-kept parks and nature reserves.
Newcastle is home to several parks and green spaces, which, like those in any city, are best avoided during hayfever season, especially on high pollen count days. Of the many parks, some of the most notable are:
Town Moor Park. This wide expanse of grass (around 400 hectares) has great historical importance, and the city has grown and changed around it. Since it is mostly grassland with few trees, this should only really begin to cause problems for hayfever sufferers during grass pollen season, from around May to August
Leazes Park. Situated near the university, this is the oldest park in Tyneside, with a beautiful bandstand, fishing lake and tennis courts. It is rich in tree life and grassy spaces
Heaton Park. This park is home to a grand pavilion, now containing a café, as well as grassy areas and an abundance of trees
Jesmond Dene Park. This is a beautiful, idyllic, woodland park containing old stone footbridges, a ruined mill, the river Ouseburn and a Pet’s Corner. All this greenery means that it is a hotspot for pollen as it contains grass, as well as a wide variety of trees, including cedar, juniper, yew, beech, oak and elm.
There are plenty of things to do in Newcastle; we’re sure you’ll come across plenty of things just by wandering around the city. To get you started, we’ve got a list of a few things to do to enjoy the city whilst avoiding pollen:
Explore the Victoria tunnel. This Victorian tunnel runs under the city and is Tripadvisor’s #1 thing to do in Newcastle. Being underground, you’d expect it to be fairly pollen-free!
Have a wander down by the Quayside – there’s plenty of bars and restaurants around here to keep you occupied
Our hayfever products can usually be found in Holland & Barrett, or you can try your local stockist such as Roots 4 Life or Almonds & Raisins which can both be found between the Intu Eldon Square Shopping Centre and the Northumbria University Campus.
What you eat can have a dramatic effect on your hayfever symptoms. While anti-inflammatory and natural anti-histamine foods can help control your symptoms, foods containing dairy and foods rich in sugar can actually make them worse.