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FORGING AHEAD




 Land of Oak & Iron - Summer 2016
 Learning about creatures living in our waterways at the Land of Oak & Iron launch event

Welcome to the Land of Oak & Iron Landscape Partnership newsletter

As the title says, we're forging ahead: the launch event was a great success, the projects are progressing and there are plenty more activities to get involved in.

Don't forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@LandofOakIron) to keep up to date with everything going on in the Land of Oak & Iron.

Volunteering
We are currently analysing the results of the volunteering survey and will share them on the website as soon as a full report is available.  We will use them to guide how we develop the Land of Oak & Iron volunteering offer, thanks to those that completed the survey and congratulations to Roy Bearpark who won the prize draw.

We received good interest in joining a steering group to guide the formation of the Friends group. The first steering group meeting will be in the next week or two. A proposal will be submitted to the Executive Board's October meeting for approval.

Don't forget if you are a community organisation and would like some support to recruit or manage volunteers or would like a presentation to your members about the Land of Oak & Iron please contact Kath on 01207 524 883 or kath.marshall-ivens@groundwork.org.uk.
Project Updates
Community Archaeology

Following a tender process, The Archaeology Practice has been appointed as delivery partner for this project. They are currently planning the first archaeology training session, which is likely to be in the Dipton area in September / October. To register interest for this or future acitvities please email loi@archaeologicalpractice.co.uk.

More information on Community Archaeology
River Restoration

Tyne Rivers Trust are progressing the fish pass at Lintzford; they are currently finalising permissions.  The tender process is nearing completion and the Environment Agency are busy carrying out wildlife and habitat surveys to make sure nothing new has made itself at home where the work will be undertaken.

More information on River Restoration
Shibdon Meadow

Work is nearing completion to fence this site in preparation for habitat improvement works to begin.

More information on Shibdon Meadow
Woodland Restoration

Peter has held the first woodland volunteering tasks and has another planned for 10th August, if you would like to join his team please contact him on 07484 093 411 or pdownes@durhamwt.co.uk. There will be plenty more opportunities in the autumn to learn traditional woodland management techniques.

More information on Woodland Restoration
Geology & Wildlife Surveys
There have been four training sessions held with more planned from September to November, including the first geology weekend. Details are available in the events section and on our website or contact Durham Wildlife Trust on 0191 584 3112 or mail@durhamwt.co.uk.

More information on Geology & Wildlife Surveys
Access for All
A meeting has been held with the three local authority Access Officers at which a work programme was agreed.  Year one works will be undertaken on the Milkwellburn connection to the north west of Chopwell (pictured above), along Woodhouse Lane around the western edge of Whickham and in The Plantation at Burnopfield.

More information on Access for All
Community Grants

County Durham Community Foundation has launched the Land of Oak & Iron Community Grants Programme. The first round is open until the end of September for up to £2,000 for community based projects that contribute to the Land of Oak & Iron vision.
For more information or to apply please visit the CDCF website.
New Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre winning design was unveiled at a consultation event in June. Matt Glover, an architecture student from Northumbria University, created the successful design which has been used to develop the final designs; submitted for planning approval in July. The funding continues to be developed with a proportion already secured and bids for the remaining funds are being written. By early December we hope to have a good indication of the likely success of these bids.

More information on Heritage Centres
Upcoming events
 
Thursdays - Woodland Volunteering: 10am - 2pm around Prudhoe
Regular weekly conservation tasks with Friends of Prudhoe Woods and Groundwork NE & Cumbria

For more information contact Laura Waugh on
01670 514 876 or

laura.waugh@groundwork.org.uk

Wednesday 10th August - Woodland Conservation Volunteering: 10.30am - 2.30pm at Milkwellburn Wood, Blackhall Mill
Come along and learn new skills, make friends and have fun whilst carrying out practical woodland conservation and management tasks. 

Contact us to get involved:
Peter Downes, LOI Access and Woodland Officer
pdownes@durhamwt.co.uk
07484 093411 / 01207 524 844

Monday 5th September - Otters Ecology and Survey Skills (FREE): 10.30am - 3.00pm. Venue to be confirmed.
Durham Wildlife Trust's Conservation Officer describes the ecology and story of one of our most charismatic mammals. learn how to identify tracks and signs of otters and distinguish from other mammals.
To book contact Durham Wildlife Trust on 0191 584 3112 or email mail@durhamwt.co.uk.


Saturday & Sunday 10th & 11th September - Geology Weekend (FREE): 10am - 4pm. Meeting at Chopwell Woods classroom. 
The course will give an introduction to the geology and recent geological history of the Land of Oak & Iron project area, with visits to several sites in the Derwent Valley.
To book contact Durham Wildlife Trust on 0191 584 3112 or email mail@durhamwt.co.uk.
More details

Saturday 17th September - Heathland Plants Identification and Survey Skills (FREE): 10am - 3.30pm. Dipton (TBC). 
A relaxed training course looking at the ecology of lowland healthlands and associated habitats.
To book contact Durham Wildlife Trust on 0191 584 3112 or email mail@durhamwt.co.uk.
More details

Sunday 18th September - Gibside Grow Show: 11am - 4pm at Gibside, Burnopfield, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE16 6BG
Gibside GROW aims to showcase a variety of produce by horticultural experts, garden enthusiasts and novices: illustrating that growing food from ground to table is fun and rewarding. A celebration of the best, the beautiful and the quirky will be on display at their first horticultural show. 
More details 

Saturday 1st October - Grass Snakes and other Reptiles Identification and Survey Skills (FREE): 10am - 3.30pm. Blaydon Youth and Community Centre, Sibdon Road, Blaydon, NE21 5LU. 
An opportunity to learn about the ecology of our reptile population and how to identify species and habitat.
To book contact Durham Wildlife Trust on 0191 584 3112 or email mail@durhamwt.co.uk.
More details

Monday 24th October - Woodland Mammals Identification and Survey Skills (FREE): 10am - 3pm. Blackhall Mill Community Centre, 25 River View, Blackhall, NE17 7TQ. 

A workshop led by a local expert from Durham Wildlife Trust.
To book contact Durham Wildlife Trust on 0191 584 3112 or email mail@durhamwt.co.uk.

Monday 19th November - Otters Ecology and Survey Skills (FREE): 10.30am - 3.00pm. Venue to be confirmed. 
Durham Wildlife Trust's Conservation Officer describes the ecology and story of one of our most charismatic mammals. learn how to identify tracks and signs of otters and distinguish from other mammals.
To book contact Durham Wildlife Trust on 0191 584 3112 or email mail@durhamwt.co.uk.
To find out more about events in the area please visit the website.
Click here to view the events page

In the News

Heritage Centre Winning Design Unveiled - The winning design for the new Heritage Centre was unveiled at a successful consultation event held on Saturday 11th June at Winlaton Mill Village Hall.

Launch Success - Over 250 people turned out to help celebrate the Land of Oak & Iron launch, at a free family event with live music, rapper dancing and lots of hands-on activities.
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