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Celebrating 25 years of giving

Projects and venues across the UK are open for free or providing special offers for National Lottery players to say thank you for raising more than £40 billion for good causes. Land of Oak & Iron wouldn’t be here without the National Lottery, we’ve been supported by a grant of £2.2 million to help us… Read more

myhotelbreak.com review

Land of the Oak & Iron – a wonderfully created area in the North East with venues celebrating the areas industrial heritage We collaborated with myhotelbreak when they experienced Land of the Oak & Iron. Find out what they discovered in this guest post: We were staying in the North East on a hotel break… Read more

Benefits of volunteering

Get stuck into sharing your passion for heritage and woodlands with a new volunteering scheme focused on Derwentcote Steel Furnace. We have been working closely with English Heritage, which owns Derwentcote, to develop this fantastic opportunity for our volunteers who already undertake work on the site, alongside new volunteers who would now like to get… Read more

Welcome to Chopwell

Get lost in memories with the new display at our Heritage Centre at Winlaton Mill, which celebrates personal stories of a great social life in Chopwell. Delve into stories of life working in the mines; evenings spent in the dancehalls and clubs; Italian ice cream treats and fish & chips and childhoods spent playing in… Read more

Care for your local waterway

Get stuck in to caring for your local river or stream with free training for people living in Shotley Bridge, Chopwell, Stocksfield and surrounding areas. Adopt a Stream is a project led by Tyne Rivers Trust and delivered through the Tyne Catchment Partnership. It iengages communities with their streams and rivers through monitoring river health… Read more

Frost Fest: Celebrating the return of winter

Celebrate the arrival of winter, which according to the meteorological calendar begins on December 1st and marks the return of our Frost Fest winter festival. Learn origami, the Japanese art of paper folding and create a mobile, try you hand at wood printing and make a card, decorate a snowflake cookie and many more craft… Read more

Growing success for green community projects

Applications for funding have opened to community groups in County Durham aimed at making a positive impact in their local area. Volunteer run horticultural projects can apply for up to £500 from Durham County Council’s civic pride team, as part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) It’s Your Neighbourhood scheme 2020. Groups must be seen… Read more

Forging Ahead October 2019

Find out all the latest news from Land of Oak & Iron as we celebrate a successful programme of events for the 25th anniversary of the national Heritage Open Days campaign. We also take a look forward at upcoming events and share some photos of the West Wylam Colliery archaeology excavation. Read the latest edition… Read more

Legends of Wood & Ink

Local author and Land of Oak & Iron volunteer Val Scully, began reading Tales of Derwentdale in February this year – a book which was first published in 1902 by local legend J.W. Fawcett. He captured stories of local myths and legends passed down the ages from generation-to-generation by word of mouth. Inspired by the… Read more

Funding for grass roots organisations

Groundwork has partnered up with Comic Relief to offer grants of up to £4,000 to support community projects across England. The Comic Relief Community Fund (England) is offering grants to grass roots community organisations with an income of less than £250,000. Rebecca Wilson who has delivered the Land of Oak & Iron education project is… Read more