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Forging Ahead May 2018

With so much on offer this summer, Land of Oak & Iron is the place to be. Unearth an ancient waggonway, get lost   in our beautiful countryside or immerse yourself in our fascinating heritage. This month’s newsletter is packed with ideas for great days out and ways to get involved in our heritage. Find… Read more

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

Sharing your stories

Fascinating stories of red snow, giants and the coke works with “jaws like a dragon” are being heard by volunteers capturing people’s memories of life in the Land of Oak & Iron. “It was horrible to look at and it smelled of rotten eggs. When it snowed, by tea time the snow would be red from… Read more

Chopwell WoodFest needs you

Do you have a local craft business? Or does your organisation showcase the heritage of the Land of Oak & Iron? Then why not get involved with one of the most successful events in the Land of Oak & Iron this summer. Chopwell WoodFest aims to bring the heritage of the area to life. This… Read more

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