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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

Rowing returns to Ebchester

After 46 years, Ebchester Boathouse welcomed competitive rowing back this summer, when the newly reformed Ebchester Boat Club hosted a league competition. Ebchester Rowing Club was formed around 1876 and reputedly had the shortest stretch of water of any club in the UK at only 300 yards. In 1935 it was one of the best… Read more

Download our free Business Toolkit

Did you know there are more than 60 million visits to the north east each year, bringing with them a spend of over £2.5 billion? Visitors to our region are more likely to engage in history and heritage than visitors to the rest of England (Visit Britain 2015). A successful business must understand the markets… Read more

Forging Ahead September 2019

Find out how we brought heritage to life as we celebrated 25 years of Heritage Open Days and a centenary of forestry with duels at Derwentcote and a heavy horse in action at Chopwell Wood. Get your diary out to plan this season’s not to miss workshops and walks or learn about our latest book,… Read more

More than just Christmas trees

Chopwell Wood is so many things to so many people; great mountain bike tracks for the fearless, almost unlimited walk routes, a great place to run wild with the kids or somewhere to take the family and choose a Christmas tree. But did you know the woodland has provided much more than this in the… Read more

A good night out in Chopwell

My name is Philippa and I’m a researcher at Newcastle University, I’m working with Land of Oak & Iron on a project about memories of the local landscape. I have been interviewing people in Chopwell about their memories of the village and have loved hearing about the social life of the village over the years…. Read more

Forging Ahead August 2019

See what you’ve been missing out on if you haven’t come to one of our summer craft sessions yet and don’t miss out on our exciting Heritage Open Days programme coming up in September. All this as well as a look back at some of our successes and more news from Land of Oak &… Read more

Two wheel confidence

Over the past few months Groundwork NE & Cumbria have been delivering bike confidence sessions for children across our area, to support them to cycle more confidently. Sessions have been delivered in a variety of locations including Chopwell Wood, Blackhill & Consett Park and at the very well attended Consett Cycling Festival. They have included… Read more

Celebrating 25 years of Heritage Open Days

We are proud to once again be supporting this national festival as it celebrates 25 years of opening doors to England’s heritage, community and history. Supported by over 2,000 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers it is the country’s largest festival of history and culture. We’re very excited that our Hands on Heritage event has… Read more