We are always happy to promote partners and community activity and events in line with our vision. Please contact us if there is something you would like us to promote.

For all events, unless otherwise stated in the description:
Outdoor events
Be prepared for variety of weather conditions appropriate to the season.
Wear suitable footwear e.g. wellies for events near water.
All day events
Bring a packed lunch and a drink.

Events organised by Land of Oak & Iron

 

Woodland Conservation Volunteering  
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Thursdays 10.00am – 2.00pm
Various sites around Prudhoe

Mondays 10.30am – 2.30pm
Various sites

Get involved in practical woodland conservation and management tasks, (please see flyers for dates and locations).

Contact us to get involved:
Peter Downes
pdownes@durhamwt.co.uk
01207 524884 / 07484 093411

Otter Walk
Saturday 27 May 10.00 am – 12.00/12.30 pm
Thornley Woodlands Centre

Durham Wildlife Trust’s Conservation Officer will lead a survey walk along the River Derwent to look for tracks and signs of one of our most charismatic mammals. Learn how to identify tracks and signs of otters and distinguish from other mammals. Please note this may involve walking over some rough terrain.

To reserve your place:
Book via the events section on Durham Wildlife Trust’s website or contact:
mail@durhamwt.co.uk
0191 5843112

 

Reptile Detectives
Saturday 1 July 10 am – 12 pm
Blaydon Youth Centre

sm_w20_23_ReptileA family friendly event to discover the fascinating lives of some of our most secretive animals. Find out which reptile species live in the North East and take part in a reptile walk learning how to identify their habitat. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

To reserve your place:
Book via the events section on Durham Wildlife Trust’s website or contact:
mail@durhamwt.co.uk
0191 5843112

 

Heritage FestivalGreen woodworking
Sunday 9 July 10.30 am – 4 pm
Chopwell Wood in partnership with Friends of Chopwell Wood.

Free family event with lots of hands on activities for all ages and a special Gruffalo Trail just for the day.

Contact us to get involved:
Land of Oak & Iron team
landofoakandiron@groundwork.org.uk
01207 524883

Family Otter Walk sm_otter_training
Thursday 24 August 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm
Derwent Walk – Meeting at the Car Park at Winlaton Mill off the A694

Find out about the fascinating life of otters and become an otter detective learning to identify their tracks and poo. There will be some walking and exploring to identify the best places to look for signs. Otters are shy nocturnal animals so it is unlikely that any otters will be spotted. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Activities aimed at over 5 years.

To reserve your place:
Book via the events section on Durham Wildlife Trust’s website or contact:
mail@durhamwt.co.uk
0191 5843112

 

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Saturday 16 – Sunday 24 September

A week long programme of walks, running and cycling activities to discover the hidden heritage of the Land of Oak & Iron.

Contact us to get involved:
Land of Oak & Iron team
landofoakandiron@groundwork.org.uk
01207 524883

 

Events attended by Land of Oak & Iron

Please contact Kath if you would like Land of Oak & Iron to attend your event.
T: 01207 524883
M: 07966 330028
Kath.Marshall-Ivens@groundwork.org.uk

 

Other events in the area

Trail Running for the Deaf CommunityTrail running poster
Weekly event every Wednesday 6:30pm – 7:30pm.
Meet: Dipton Village main Car park. DH9 9DJ.
Sign language and deaf aware instructor.
Routes are off road in the beautiful countryside around the Derwent Valley.
All ages and abilities welcomed, although some basic fitness needed given the nature of the terrain.

Contact: Dawn Metcalfe 07746703696.
Charge: Free for first 4 runs then option to pay £20 per year club membership or £2 per session.
For more information take a look at the website www.derwentvalleytrailrunners.co.uk.

 

Past Events

Bird Song Residential
Saturday 8 April  1pm – Sunday 9 April 1pm
Kite Rise, Highfield, Rowlands Gill

Durham Wildlife Trust is running a residential weekend providing a fantastic opportunity to get to grips with how to identify bird song (see flyer for further details).   For more details please email: kpollard@durhamwt.co.uk.

To reserve your place contact:
Book here
0191 584 3112

Water Vole Survey Skills
Monday 3 April  6.00 – 7.30pm
Station Burn Nature Reserve, Coldon Colliery

Learn how to identify habitat and signs of Water Voles.

To reserve your place contact:
Durham Wildlife Trust
mail@durhamwt.co.uk
0191 5843112

Local Groups Forum
Saturday 1st April 9.30am – 1pm
The Winlaton Centre, North Street, Winlaton, NE21 6BY.For full details of this FREE event please read Local Groups Forum event details.Please click here to book your place.

If you need any more information please contact:
Land of Oak & Iron team
landofoakandiron@groundwork.org.uk
01207 524883.

Rapper Pub Crawl
Wednesday 8 March from 7.30 pm
Starts at The Sun Inn, Swalwell then The Bisley & Black Bull at Blaydon or the Queen’s Head at Winlaton.

Celebrate International Women’s Day with High Spen Pink Diamons Rapper Sword Dance Team pub crawl up the valley.

For more information:
Kath Marshall-Ivens
Kath.marshall-ivens@groundwork.org.uk
01207 524883 / 07966 330028

Making Woodlands Work
Tuesday 7 March 2017 10am – 4.30pm
Woodfuel Barn, High Spen, NE39 2AF & Milkwellburn Wood, Blackhall Mill

An event aimed at woodland owners, offering advice and showcasing how to bring woodland into sustainable, cost effective management.  Booking is essential for this event via this link here.

For more information: Making Woodlands Work Additional Information

Contact us for more information:
Peter Downes, Access & Woodland Officer
pdownes@durhamwt.co.uk
01207 524884/07484 091411

Guided Walk
Saturday 4 March 10am – 12pm
Winlaton Mill

An interesting guided walk  taking in Hollinside Manor and Derwenthaugh Park.

Contact us to get involved:
Kath Marshall-Ivens, Land of Oak & Iron
kath.marshall-ivens@groundwork.org.uk
01207 524883 / 07966 330028

Reptiles Identification and Survey Skills
Saturday 4 March  9am – 12noon
Muggleswick

Discover the ecology and life of our native reptiles.

To reserve your place contact:
Durham Wildlife Trust
mail@durhamwt.co.uk
0191 5843112

Geology: Coal and Iron 
Friday 3 March 10.30am – 3.30pm
Chopwall Classroom.

Join us for a day to discover some of the fascinating geology in the Land of Oak & Iron area.

Please bring a packed lunch and outdoor waterproof clothes. Further details will be provided on booking.

To reserve your place contact:
Durham Wildlife Trust
mail@durhamwt.co.uk
0191 584 3112

Woodland Conservation Volunteering
Monday 20 February 10.30am – 2.30pm
Kite Hill, Derwenthaugh Park (meet in car park at Winlaton Mill)
Tuesday 21st, Monday 27th February 10.30am – 2.30pm
Parish Woods, Castleside (meet in car park on Church street, near cemetery)

Get involved in practical woodland conservation and management tasks.

Contact us to get involved:
Peter Downes, LOI Access and Woodland Officer
pdownes@durhamwt.co.uk
07484 093411 / 01207 524884

Oral History Roadshows
Monday 20 February 9.30 – 11.30 am
Kibblesworth Community Centre

Wednesday 22 February 12.30 – 3.30 pm
Whickham Community Centre

Drop in sessions to share your memories of living in the Derwent Valley and surrounding area. Everyone welcome, just turn up and have a chat.

For further information:
Andrea Baxter, Groundwork NE & Cumbria
Andrea.baxter@groundwork.org.uk
0191 5672550

River Restoration Volunteer Task
Sunday 19 February
River Derwent, at Derwenthaugh Park meet at the car park Winlaton Mill.

Take part in a volunteer task, helping to manage the River Derwent habitats, more details to follow.
Contact us to get involved:
Simone Price
s.price@tyneriverstrust.org
01434 636902 / 07817 238455

Bale Hill Wood Community Tree Planting

Sunday 12 February 10.00am – 1.00pm
Bale Hill Wood nr Allensford, Consett

Join the Woodland Trust for a tree planting event at their new woodland site near Consett.

Visit the Woodland Trust website for more details.

Contact us to get involved:
Paul Bunton, Woodland Trust
paulbunton@woodlandtrust.org.uk
0343 7705753

Light Painting Beer and a Bite Night
Friday 10th February 6-9pm
Gibside Pub

Bring your friends and family for a night out with a difference at National Trust’s Gibside Pub on Friday night.  There will be demonstrations light painting in the walled garden, just a short walk from the warmth of the Pub which serves real ales and the bakers serving fresh pizza.

Contact us to get involved:
Kath Marshall-Ivens
kath.marshall-ivens@groundwork.org.uk
01207 524883 / 07966 330028

Schools (KS2) Tree Planting Week

Monday 6th – Friday 10th February
Bale Hill Wood nr Allensford, Consett

The Woodland Trust are holding a week of free tree planting sessions for KS2 children, sessions are morning or afternoon and must be booked in advance here. There is a £100 travel bursary available to help with transportation to and from site.

Contact us to get involved:
Paul Bunton, Woodland Trust
paulbunton@woodlandtrust.org.uk

Woodland Conservation Volunteering

Mondays 23 & 30 January, 6th February 10.30am – 2.30pm
The Plantation, Burnopfield (meet at entrance by garages between 33 & 35 Birch Crescent)

Get involved in practical woodland conservation and management tasks.

Contact us to get involved:
Peter Downes, LOI Access and Woodland Officer
pdownes@durhamwt.co.uk
07484 093411 / 01207 524884

Eric North East talk by Paul Stevens (Free)
Monday 9 January 10.30am
Ovingham Reading Rooms
Hosted by Tyne Rivers Trust

Christmas Woodland Social
Monday 19th December from 10:30am – 2pm
Meet at Winlaton Mill car park and we’ll make our way up to Kite Hill, or by all means drop in anytime up to 2pm.
Come out with Peter and the Woodland Conservation Team at Kite Hill on for a Christmas woodland social. Meet the Land of Oak & Iron team and the regular volunteers, there’ll be festive treats and (non-alcoholic) mulled wine.
The tasks on the day will include thinning out woodland rides and making habitat piles all tools and gloves will be provided.
So wrap up warm, bring your lunch (and a friend), and spend some time helping to conserve and protect our beautiful valley.

Woodland Conservation Volunteering
Mondays 12 & 19 December 10.30 am – 2.30 pm
Kite Hill, meet in the Winlaton Mill car park
Join the Land of Oak & Iron’s Woodland Volunteering Team.
We will be working in a variety of woodlands in all seasons. So come along and learn new skills, make friends and have fun whilst carrying out a programme of practical woodland conservation and management tasks.

Community Tree Planting Day
Sunday 4th December 10.00 am – 1.00 pm
Venue Bale Hill Wood, near Allensford, Consett
Join the Woodland Trust at their new site for a tree planting event. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.

Otters Ecology and Survey Skills 
Saturday 3 December 10.00 am – 12.30 pm
Thornley Woodlands Centre
Durham Wildlife Trust’s Conservation Officer will lead a survey walk along the River Derwent to look for tracks and signs of one of our most charismatic mammals. Learn how to identify tracks and signs of otters and distinguish from other mammals. Please note this may involve walking over some rough terrain.

Consett Christmas tree lights switch on and Illuminated Parade 
Friday 2 December 2016 between 4 pm and 6 pm
Middle Street, Consett
The Partnership will be hosting a Consett Christmas tree lights switch on event and illuminated Christmas parade on Friday 2nd December between 4pm and 6.30pm on Middle Street, Consett.

Woodland Conservation Volunteering
Mondays 28 November & 5 December 10.30 am – 2.30 pm
The Plantation, Burnopfield (meet at the entrance by garages between 33 & 35 Birch Crescent)
Join the Land of Oak & Iron’s Woodland Volunteering Team.
We will be working in a variety of woodlands in all seasons. So come along and learn new skills, make friends and have fun whilst carrying out a programme of practical woodland conservation and management tasks.

Wildlife on the Chalk  
Sunday 27 November 11 am to 3 pm
Tyne Riverside Park, Prudhoe (A directed 5 min walk from Tyne Riverside Park car park)
Find out about the industrial past and wildlife of the Spetchells. Lots of free, family friendly activities including: Make seed bombs, bug houses & badges. Bake bread & marshmallows on a camp fire. Green woodwork & bio char demonstrations. Nature walks.

Woodland Conservation Volunteering
Mondays 14 & 21 November  10.00 am – 2.30 pm
Clinty Wood (meet in Chopwell, near Co-op)
Join the Land of Oak & Iron’s Woodland Volunteering Team.
We will be working in a variety of woodlands in all seasons. So come along and learn new skills, make friends and have fun whilst carrying out a programme of practical woodland conservation and management tasks.

North East Wildlife Recording Conference
Saturday 19 November at 9.30am to 2.45pm
Great North Museum: Hancock
Topics for talks include: Adders, Fungi, Invertebrates of the North Pennines, a WWII Wreck, Red Kites, Past records & archives with an optional session on using Excel & GIS to manipulate ecological data after lunch.

Bird Identification and Survey Skills
Saturday 12th November 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Shibdon Ponds Nature Reserve, Blaydon.
A beginners workshop to wintering birds at Shibdon Pond. We will be looking at species identification and discussing the different approaches to surveying winter and why some birds come to the UK this time of year. The workshop will be led by a local expert from GEES and combine classroom sessions with outdoor field work (please ensure warm clothes and waterproofs). Attendees need have no prior knowledge of local bird species and this course aims to equip people to identify and record a variety of species found in the area. Further details will be provided on booking.

Geology Survey Training Day
Friday11 November 10.30 am – 3.00 pm
Meeting at Chopwell Woods classroom (see directions below).
Join us for a day to discover some of the fascinating geology in the Land of Oak & Iron area. The training day will be led by ecologist John Durkin and will begin with an indoor session in the Chopwell Woods Classroom. After lunch we will visit various geological features in Chopwell Woods including eskers, drumlins, tufa, sandstone strata & ironstone. Please note this will involved walking over some rough terrain, wellies are recommended.

Breeze Bike Ride for women through the Derwent Valley
Sunday 6 November at 10am approx 4 hours (19 miles)
Meet at Ebchester Station Picnic area DH8 0SU
Bike ride led by Audrie Christie along the Derwent Valley in its Autumn splendour.

Woodland Conservation Volunteering
Wednesday 12th & 19th October
Monday 24th & 31st October
10.30am – 2.30 pm
The Plantation, Burnopfield (meet at the entrance by garages between 33 & 35 Birch Crescent)
Join the Land of Oak & Iron’s Woodland Volunteering Team.
We will be working in a variety of woodlands in all seasons. So come along and learn new skills, make friends and have fun whilst carrying out a programme of practical woodland conservation and management tasks.

Woodland Mammals Identification and Survey Skills
Monday 24 October 10.00 am – 3.00 pm
Blackhall Mill Community Centre, 25 River View, Blackhall, NE17 7TQ.
The workshop will be led by a local expert from Durham Wildlife Trust and consist of a classroom based morning at Blackhall Mill Community Centre followed by outdoor field work in Milkwellburn Wood Nature Reserve.
Attendees need have no prior knowledge of local mammals and this course aims to equip people to identify and record a variety of species found in the area. Further details will be provided on booking.

Archaeological Excavation Training
Thursday 6th, Friday 7th, Saturday 8th, Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th October
Meet at Dipton Community Centre at 9.30 am, working time 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Excavation of Pontop Waggonway Smithy, all tools and equipment will be provided.

Archaeology Talk & Walk
Sunday 9th October 2.00 pm
Dipton Community Centre
A talk by Newcastle historian and author Les Turnbull followed by a short waggonway walk led by local historian David Marrs.

Grass Snakes and other Reptiles Identification and Survey Skills
Saturday 1 October 10.00 am – 3.30 pm
Blaydon Youth and Community Centre, Shibdon Road, Blaydon. NE21 5LU
An opportunity to learn about the ecology of our reptile population and how to identify reptile species and habitat. The training course will be led by John Robson Grundy, Vice Chair & Training Officer NERAG. Indoor learning session at Blaydon Youth & Community Centre followed by outdoor field work at Gibside.

Gibside Grow Show
Sunday 18th September 2016
A new event to celebrate the horticultural, culinary and creative talents of local people. Whether you’re a Gibside plot holder, local garden enthusiast, allotment holder, a lover of jams, a keen baker, creative maker or just want to join in – this show is for you. With a section for under 16s, it’s a show for all the family.
There are competition classes for flowers, fruit and vegetables, cakes, jams and honey as well as an opportunity to get crafty – so there’s plenty of opportunity to win a prize.

Heathland Plants Identification and Survey Skills 
Saturday 17 September 10.00 am – 3.30 pm
Dipton (TBC)
A relaxed training course looking at the ecology of lowland heathlands and associated habitats. The course will focus on the most distinctive species of wildflowers and grasses for lowland heathland and associated habitats. Participants will learn to identify different habitats inside what is called lowland heathland: acid grassland, heath, scrub, wet grassland. The majority of the course will be outdoors on sites around Dipton.

History in the Garden
Saturday 17th September 11.00 am – 2.00 pm
Whickham Hermitage Community Garden & Orangery, Hermitage Lane (off Front Street behind Whickham Community Centre), Whickham, NE16 4JL
A special day of living history, local author, Andrew Clark, of Summerhill Books and Julia Healy, representing animal charity, the Blue Cross will give short talks followed by question and answer sessions.

Winlaton’s Industrial Past Celebration Event
Tuesday 13th September 1- 3.30 pm
Winlaton Centre
Everyone is welcome to come along to this free event which will showcase the films made by local people about their industrial heritage. There will be an exhibition of archive photographs, free refreshments, performances of local songs by children from Parkhead Primary School and the Addison Rapper Dancing team.

Geology Weekend 
Saturday & Sunday 10 & 11 September 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Meeting at Chopwell Woods classroom (see directions below).
Join us for a weekend of local geology delivered by Professor Maurice Tucker from Bristol University.
The course will give an introduction to the geology of the Land of Iron & Oak project area, to give a perspective on the role that the geology has played in the development of Derwentside, notably during the industrial revolution. We will then move on to discuss the more recent geological history looking at changes from when the region was covered by glaciers on to post glaciation and on to the modern landscape. Of particular interest with regard to modern environments is the precipitation of tufa in the side-streams of the River Derwent. The course will include a demonstration of tufa samples and thin-sections for microscopic examination, and we will visit several of the sites in the Derwent Valley.

Otters Ecology and Survey Skills FREE
Monday 5 September 10.30 am – 3.00 pm
Rainton Meadows, Houghton le Spring, DH4 6PU
Durham Wildlife Trust’s Conservation Officer describes the ecology and story of one of our most charismatic mammals. Learn how to identify tracks and signs of otters and distinguish from other mammals.

Chopwell Wood Summer Club
Click on posters below to open PDF file.

Woodland Conservation Volunteering
Woodland Conservation Volunteering
Monday 27 June
Monday 4 July
Wednesday 3 August
Wednesday 10 August
10.30am – 2.30 pm
Milkwellburn Wood, Blackhall Mill.
Join the Land of Oak & Iron’s Woodland Volunteering Team.
We will be working in a variety of woodlands in all seasons. So come along and learn new skills, make friends and have fun whilst carrying out a programme of practical woodland conservation and management tasks.

FREE Woodland Mammals Identification and Survey Skills
Monday 11 July 10.00 am – 3.30 pm
Black Hall Mill Community Centre (TBC)
The workshop will be led by a local expert from Durham Wildlife Trust and consist of a classroom based morning at Black Hall Mill Community Centre (TBC) followed by outdoor field work in Milkwellburn Wood Nature Reserve.
This course aims to equip people to identify and record a variety of species found in the area. Further details will be provided on booking.

Land of Oak & Iron launch event Launch event poster
Sunday 10 July  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Blaydon Youth and Community Centre and Shibdon Pond, Shibdon Road, Blaydon, NE21 5LU
A free event with plenty to do for the whole family including live music, information about each of the projects and opportunities to get involved, heritage arts and crafts, taster sessions, wildlife exploration for young and old and much, much more!

FREE Grass Snakes and other Reptiles Identification and Survey Skills
Friday 8 July 10.00 am – 3.30 pm
Blaydon Youth and Community Centre, Shibdon Road, Blaydon. NE21 5LU
An opportunity to learn about the ecology of our reptile population and how to identify reptile species and habitat. The training course will be led by John Robson Grundy, Vice Chair & Training Officer NERAG. Indoor learning session at Blaydon Youth & Community Centre followed by outdoor field work at Gibside. Further details will be provided on booking.

FREE Grassland Plant Identification & Survey Skills 
Saturday 25 June 9.45 am – 3.30 pm
Cross Lane Meadows Nature Reserve, Market Lane, Swalwell, NE16 3EQ.
Learn the basic skills in grassland plant ID on our relaxed day course starting at Cross Lane Meadows Nature Reserve, Gateshead and moving on to Addison Nature Reserve, Gateshead.
The training will be led by an experienced botanist and will focus on a variety of local species to support beginners to identify and record grassland wildflowers. The majority of this course will be outdoors.

FREE Bird Identification and Survey Skills
Saturday 18 June 10.00 am – 4.00 pm.
Shibdon Ponds Nature Reserve, Blaydon.
A beginners learning workshop to identifying local bird species based at Shibdon Ponds Nature Reserve, Blaydon. The workshop will be led by a local expert from GEES and combine classroom sessions with outdoor field work. Attendees need have no prior knowledge of local bird species and this course aims to equip people to identify and record a variety of species found in the area. Further details will be provided on booking.

Heritage Centre Consultation Event
Saturday 11 June 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.
Winlaton Mill Village Hall, May Avenue, Winlaton Mill, NE21 6SF.
The winning design concept and draft proposal for a planning application  will be on display.
Refreshments will be available.

Exhibition of Design Proposals for the new Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre
Northumbria University architecture students have produced some design proposals for the planned new Heritage Centre.  These will be on view at Winlaton Mill Village Hall on Saturday 19th March from 10:00 to 13:00 where there will also be a coffee morning.  The students will be available at the event to discuss their ideas.

Winlaton Mill Village Hall, May Ave, Winlaton Mill, Blaydon-on-Tyne NE21 6SF.

Land of Oak & Iron Community Feedback Event
Wednesday 3rd June 2015 6-8pm
@ Swalwell Juniors Football Club, Derwenthaugh Park/Spa Well Rd, Blaydon-on-Tyne NE21 6JA

Land of Oak & Iron bid submitted!
Friday 17th July 2015
@ HLF Offices Newcastle
Information about the bid, commissioned work and projects are available on this website. A full copy of the bid will be available after the HLF final assessment in November.

Land of Oak & Iron HLF assessment site visit
The Heritage Lottery Fund have made a site visit to the Land of Oak & Iron to get a flavour for the Landscape, assess some of the sites proposed for the bid and meet the project team. The visit went really well, HLF were please with the level and detail of development work taken place to date. The next big milestone is the assessment decision; watch this space!

 

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