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Sew Near, Sew Far – Along the River Derwent

  The Heritage Centre and café shrub is a lovely place to meet friends and family or stop off for refreshments while out for a walk, run or cycle ride.  If before lockdown, you ever visited café  shrub on a sunny afternoon, you may have noticed when the sun shines from the south, rather too… Read more

Forging Ahead – September 2020

Forging Ahead this months looks at Heritage Open Days – the country’s largest annual festival of history and culture. Septemer 2020 is also the 40th anniversary of the closure of Consett Steelworks – ‘Forged over 140 years’ is a fascinating programme of online talks, films and presentations organised by our friends at ‘History of Consett… Read more

Forging Ahead – July 2020

Forging Ahead is back after a couple of months away while the Land of Oak & Iron team scaled back on activity. We hope you’ve managed to keep up to date by following us on our social media pages and catching up with stories, photographs and past newsletters on Land of Oak & Iron news… Read more

Land of Oak & Iron Celebration Film

   This is a big year for the Land of Oak & Iron as we mark our fourth anniversary of the project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and hosted by Groundwork North East & Cumbria coming to an end.  A lot can be achieved when working strategically with stakeholders and partners in a… Read more

cafe shrub re-opening for take-aways.

We are excited to announce that as from Wednesday 1st July 2020 café  shrub will be re-opening for take-away only.   Opening at 12pm on our first day – then from 11am on the following days. Our chef will be preparing fresh food every morning using local produce, including favourites such as vegan rolls, corned… Read more

Forging Ahead – 18 May 2020

This edition of Forging Ahead will be the last of our regular newsletters for a little while, as the Land of Oak & Iron team scales back on activity.  Please keep checking our social media channels and sharing your wonderful photographs and memories of the Land of Oak & Iron, we will be over the… Read more

Forging Ahead – 11 May 2020

This week we have another story from Peter our Access & Woodland Officer – his words becoming a regular and welcome feature of our Forging Ahead newsletter, this time it’s about making charcoal in some of our local woodlands. We also take a look at the Woodland Trust’s Tree of the Year 2019 and how… Read more

The Sword Makers of Shotley Bridge

On Wednesday 1 April 2020, Paul Heatherington was due to host an evening talk – ‘The Sword Makers of Shotley Bridge’, at the Heritage Centre in Winlaton Mill.  Sadly, the planned talk and meal had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus situation and the need to practice social distancing. Paul kindly wrote the following… Read more

The Smokey Art of Charcoal Making

Charcoal making involves burning wood and controlling the amount of oxygen that is allowed into a kiln.  The wood inside burns slowly at a very high temperature.  At the beginning of the process there is quite a bit of smoke, but towards the end of the process there is very little – the colour of… Read more

Forging Ahead – 4 May 2020

This week’s newsletter is all about our feathered friends which can be seen while out on a quiet walk in the Lower Derwent Valley.  We also take a look at the tapestry of life found along the River Derwent as illustrated by a friendly bunch of talented sewers, based at the neighbouring site of National… Read more