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Recognise your communities environmental achievements

Has your neighbourhood or village been improved recently by a local person or group? Derwent Valley Partnership are inviting nominations for projects or activities in their area, (the Durham part of Land of Oak & Iron), which have made a local community a better place to live and work. Experience has shown that undertaking work… Read more

Forging Ahead March 2018

As Spring finally makes an appearance, we look ahead to the summer and a host of exciting events. We have our Local Groups Forum in May, whilst July sees the return of Chopwell WoodFest and the opening of our new heritage centre at Winlaton Mill. We also take a look back at how we have… Read more

Don’t Miss Our Funding Deadline

There is still time to apply for Land of Oak & Iron funding for your community project, our Community Grants programme closes on Wednesday 28th March 2018. Through the County Durham Community Foundation, you can apply for funding of up to £2,000, to help support projects across a whole range of activities that will work… 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