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

Local Groups Forum

We’re calling for representatives from local special interest groups across our area to attend a special meeting, designed to create networking opportunities and encourage link-ups for you, where there is a joint purpose between different groups across the region. It’s called the Local Groups Forum and it was hugely successful last year.  For example, as… Read more

Funds for Tree Planting

Help grow Land of Oak & Iron’s native oak woodlands, apply for a grant today for a tree planting project with your school or community group. Funding is available from The Tree Council for projects which involve young people and take place during National Tree Week, later this year. The deadline is 31st March 2018,… Read more

Growing the Legacy Group Success

Over 20 people attended the Legacy Group meeting in February, learning more about how to get involved in supporting our work, whilst creating a lasting legacy so that future generations can enjoy all that the Land of Oak & Iron has to offer over the years to come. Now we are calling for even more… Read more

STOP PRESS – funding available

Time is running out for community groups in County Durham to apply for an environmental improvement grant before the deadline of 28th February. Up to £2,000 is available for projects that improve the local environment in the Derwent Valley Partnership area. For more information and to find out how to apply visit the Derwent Valley… Read more

Legacy Group Looks to the Future

The Land of Oak & Iron needs you! This beautiful part of the north east is host to areas of great industrial importance that once shaped our landscape, as well as being home to woodlands, wetlands and other natural habitats that are important to the environment. At The Land of Oak & Iron, we’re preserving… Read more

Forging Ahead February 2018

There is so much going on in Land of Oak & Iron at the moment, from the creation of our Wildlife Group to the development of our Legacy Group. Be inspired to get fit and healthy in our wonderful landscape and read how school children have inspired the design of artistic features at our new… Read more

The rare and elusive dormouse

The Hazel Dormouse is familiar to many people as a character from Alice in Wonderland, but is one of Britain’s rarest indigenous mammals. It used to be present in the Derwent Valley in the 19th and mid-20th centuries, though there have been no verified records in Tyne & Wear or Durham for decades and the… Read more

Snowy Memories of Chopwell

Philippa is a PhD student in Geography at Newcastle University. She has been working in collaboration with Land of Oak & Iron on her research project about landscape and memory, looking at how people pass memories on across generations within local communities and how people feel about local heritage. This is Philippa’s blog she would… Read more

Heritage Centre Entrance Feature

This sculpture design is an earlier version that was circulated before Christmas. It has been decided to revert to this design after feedback from local residents on the first design proposal. The proposed entrance sculpture would take the shape of a double helix or section of DNA. The sculpture would be fabricated from 50 or… Read more