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Heritage Centre Design Proposals

An Exhibition of creative designs for the potential Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre was held on 19th March at Winlaton Mill Village Hall. The designs have been developed by architecture students at Northumbria University. Please contribute your comments/ideas by completing the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LOIHeritageCentre or contact Lisa Stephenson via email lisa.stephenson@groundwork.org.uk Exhibited designs by… Read more

Out and About – talks on the projects within LOI

Interim Partnership Manager Lisa Stephenson was out and about last week in the Land of Oak & Iron. The RSBD and Blaydon, Whickham and Ryton Rotary Club invited her to give presentations on the LOI projects. We are currently in the initial and very exciting phase of setting up projects, building our database of volunteers,… Read more

Trickery & Triumph at Gibside

A new art installation at Gibside by Imogen Cloët. Excerpt from National Trust website: Pineapples are not the first thing that comes to mind when talking about Gibside however, this new evocative art installation might make you think otherwise… From Friday 5 February, you can come and see the wonderful large golden pineapple, a nod… Read more

Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre Survey

Groundwork NE & Cumbria in partnership with Gateshead Council are conducting a survey about the potential to develop a new Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre. This survey is your chance to tell us what you would like the centre to be. Your input would be much appreciated. Click the link below to start… Read more


There are no new vacancies. We have advertised for the four new opportunities available working for the Land of Oak & Iron Landscape Partnership: Partnership Manager Access & Woodland Officer Administration & Finance Officer – Part Time Community Engagement Officer The closing date for these roles was: Monday 18 January – noon.

Land of Oak & Iron in the News

As you know, towards the end of 2015 the Land of Oak & Iron, Landscape Partnership Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid was awarded! Hopefully you saw some of the great press coverage just before Christmas, if not please see the links below. Made in Tyne & Wear TV – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guIldjveYlc NE Connected – http://neconnected.co.uk/major-north-east-project-secures-2-2-million-lottery-grant/ Durham… Read more

Major North East project secures £2.2 million national Lottery grant

Major plans to conserve and celebrate the rich heritage of one of the North East’s most historic landscapes have secured £2.2 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards a £3.4m scheme. The Land of Oak & Iron project focuses on the Derwent Valley and the surrounding area – from Derwent Reservoir to the River… Read more

HLF Bid Submitted

HLF Bid Submitted’ ‘In July 2015’ ‘The Round 2 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid has been submitted! Currently awaiting decision for this £3.4 million programme.’ Thanks to your contributions and everyone’s hard work the Land of Oak & Iron Team have successfully submitted the Round 2 funding bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The… Read more