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The Muggleswick Gate

  On a spring day last April, volunteers from the Land of Oak & Iron woodland team made their way to the wilds of Muggleswick – why you might ask?  Well, they were there because Durham County Council had asked if they would like to help work on a project replacing some stiles and gates… Read more

Forging Ahead – 6 April 2020

With our clocks springing forward and hour into British Summer Time – it may feel like we have lost a precious hour’s sleep each morning and start the day feeling a little more sleepy, but we can now welcome lighter evenings and hopefully warmer weather – its also good to hear the birds and see… Read more

The Oak Beam Knee Project

Some months ago, Noel Adamson and Colin Douglas from the Land of Oak & Iron Trust, were discussing the role the Derwent Valley played in building wooden sailing ships – in particular, the supply of oak and ironware to the shipbuilding ports on the south coast of England and particularly Greenwich on the Thames.  From… Read more

Thread of Iron – Coming Soon

Our Publications Group, who are part of the Land of Oak & Iron Trust, have been working hard in recent months to bring another ‘lost’ book back to life. After the success of ‘Men of Iron’ and ‘Tales of Derwentdale’, the group turned their attention to ‘Thread of Iron’ by Douglas Vernon of Shotley Bridge,… Read more

Forging Ahead – 30 March 2020

With many of our normal daily activities on hold due to the current situation – we now have time to slow down a little and appreciate the simpler things in life, such as the beautiful nature and wildlife to be found in our green spaces, woodlands and back gardens. Stay connected with nature when you’re… Read more

Newsletter archive

We like to think we offer an opportunity to travel back in time by visiting the Land of Oak & Iron and seeing our heritage sites for yourself. Maybe you’ve dug up the past at one of our archaeology digs or been transported to a long ago era of noisy industrial activity at one of… Read more

Coronavirus update – 23 March 2020

Taking into account the health and well-being of our employees, we have taken the decision to close the Heritage Centre and café shrub at the end of today (Monday 23rd March) until further notice. We believe this is the best way to help support social distancing and keep everyone as healthy as possible for as… Read more

Coronavirus – Land of Oak & Iron

Land of Oak & Iron’s response to Coronavirus 17th March 2020 Following the most recent Government advice, Land of Oak & Iron has taken the difficult decision to cancel planned volunteer activity and events until the end of April 2020.  This includes woodland volunteer tasks with Peter Downes through Durham Wildlife Trust. The health and… Read more

Volunteer Tree Planting

At the beginning of March, some of our wonderful volunteers teamed up with staff from the Land of Oak & Iron to plant trees in Willow Burn Wood near Allensford. A mixture of one hundred Oak, Mountain Ash and Cherry trees were planted during the day, adding to the young trees already planted in Willow… Read more

‘Fireweed and Furnaces’

Currently on display at the Heritage Centre, Winlaton Mill, is an exhibition celebrating the new interpretation panels that have started to appear at various locations across the Land of Oak & Iron, with the first of these situated outside the Heritage Centre and Crowley’s Dam. These interpretation panels, which feature stunning illustrations by artist Cathy… Read more