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Caring for your environment award

(Added March 2017)

The Alt group CIC, Blackhill were awarded a Caring for your environment award.  For more details see Environment Award for the Alt Group

Caring for your environment award

(Added March 2017)

Residents of The Elms, Chester le Street were awarded a Caring for your environment award. For more details see Residents receive a Caring for your environment award.

Heart of Teesdale

(Added December 2016)

After 5 years of delivery the Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership has come to an end. The scheme aimed to explore, celebrate and conserve mid and lower Teesdale. In all there has been over 20,000 people participating in events, over 800 volunteers contributing £350,927 of time, over 2000 young people engaged with activities and 91km of paths improved.

Grants up for grabs for National Tree Week

(Added November 2016)

Durham County Council is offering  cash to schools, community groups, parish councils and farmers to encourage tree planting and celebrate the importance of trees to mark National Tree Week. For more details see the National Tree Week press release.

2016 Environment Awards winners announced

(Added November 2016)

Winners of the 2016 Environment Awards have been announced. See Environment award winners 2016  press release. 

Footpath improvements

(Added July 2016)

Footpath improvement work is starting at Bull Banks by the River Greta in Bowes. Works will take approximately 15 days to complete and are being funded by the Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership.

The works are on a popular circular route from the village which suffers from very poor drainage. A 300 metre stretch of the footpath will have drainage improvements and will be surfaced.

The path will remain open during the works but for their own safety members of the public are requested to follow the advice of the contractors if they wish to use the path.

For more information please contact 03000 260645.

Heritage Works

(Added June 2016)

Work is being undertaken on two heritage structures in Teesdale, funded through the Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership.
The site of a ruined lime kiln in Abbey Woods, near to Abbey Bridge, has been cleared so that the work needed can be assessed and Headlam packhorse bridge is being restored to its former glory.

Both works are being managed by Countryside Consultants of Alston who have a wealth of experience in this area of work. The highly skilled Northumbria Masonry Conservation Ltd is carrying out the works to the bridge and initial works to the lime kiln.

Donate a gate

(Added June 2016)

The Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership and the Friends of the North Pennines are working together to roll out a 'Donate a Gate' scheme across Teesdale and the wider North Pennines area. The idea behind the scheme is to make the area's popular footpaths more accessible by replacing awkward stiles with gates, and members of the public are being encouraged to sponsor a gate to make this possible.

Caring for your environment award

(Added April 2016)

Volunteers at Natural England's Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve have picked up a Caring for your environment award. For more details see Environment award for Castle Eden volunteers.