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Corner of Pontop Smithy in Pont Burn Woods, unearthed during the recent archaeological excavation
Welcome to the Land of Oak & Iron Landscape Partnership Newsletter

As summer recedes into memory and autumn well and truly takes hold, we have lots of exciting stories to share with you about the progress that has been made on several of our projects.  Please make a note of our many events and activities listed in the calendar and read on to find out more about: Don't forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with everything going on in the Land of Oak & Iron.
Freedom of the Derwent for salmon and trout

The new fish pass at Lintzford weir has been open and in use by migratory fish such as salmon and sea trout since early November.  The rock pool design not only fits within the landscape, but has already withstood the first flood of the winter. 
Photo credit: Julia Richardson

More information and images the of fish pass  
Archaeology excavation success at Pontop Smithy
 
The first Community Archaeology activity was held in October and offered an opportunity to get involved in a practical excavation activity; those who took part had a fascinating time unearthing the walls of the structure which was much larger than expected. 
Pupils from Dipton Collierley Primary School were lucky enough to escape the classroom for an afternoon and take part.
Focus on Woodland Conservation Volunteers

The Volunteers have been working across a number of sites, supporting private woodland owners and undertaking vital tasks in key woodlands within Land of Oak & Iron.  Tasks have included removing trees to promote grassland habitats at the Spetchells and improving access at the Plantation, Burnopfield.
Details of activities
First community grant awarded and new application deadline

A digital media project in High Spen bringing together school children and older people to explore their local heritage has been made possible by the first Land of Oak & Iron grant.  If you have any images of High Spen you would like to share with the project please contact Digital Voice.

The next round closes on Friday 16th December Grant guidelines and online application form
Waggonway and railway path improvements
Improvements to two heritage routes in the Gateshead area have made it easier for local people to walk their local footpaths.  The photos above show Greenside waggonway before and after; work has also been completed on the Garesfield to Chopwell railway between Chopwell and Milkwellburn Wood.
Calendar

Sunday 27th November - Wildlife on the Chalk:
11am - 3pm, The Spetchells, Tyne Riverside Park, Prudhoe

Free family friendly activities, bake bread on campfire, green woodwork and biochar demonstrations and much more. 
Contact Laura Waugh
01670 514876
laura.waugh@groundwork.org.uk


Thursdays - Woodland Conservation Volunteering: 10am - 2pm, around Prudhoe
Contact Laura Waugh
01670 514876
laura.waugh@groundwork.org.uk

Monday 28th November - Woodland Conservation Volunteering: 10.30am - 2.30pm, The Plantation, Burnopfield
Contact Peter Downes, LOI Access & Woodland Officer
pdownes@durhamwt.co.uk
07484 093411 / 01207 524844

Saturday 3rd December - Otter Ecology and Survey Skills (FREE): 10.30am - 12.30pm. Thornley Woodlands Centre
To book contact Durham Wildlife Trust on 0191 584 3112 or email mail@durhamwt.co.uk.

Sunday 4th December - Community Tree Planting Day: 10am - 1pm. Bale Hill Wood, Allensford
Contact Paul Bunton, Woodland Trust
paulbunton@woodlandtrust.org.uk
0343 7705753


Monday 5th December - Woodland Conservation Volunteering: 10.30am - 2.30pm, The Plantation, Burnopfield
Contact Peter Downes, LOI Access & Woodland Officer
pdownes@durhamwt.co.uk
07484 093411 / 01207 524844


Monday 12th December - Woodland Conservation Volunteering: 10.30am - 2.30pm, Kite Hill, Derwenthaugh Park
Contact Peter Downes, LOI Access & Woodland Officer
pdownes@durhamwt.co.uk
07484 093411 / 01207 524844


Friday 16th December - Community Grants Application Deadline
£500 - £2,000 grants available

Monday 19th December - Woodland Conservation Volunteering: 10.30am - 2.30pm, Kite Hill, Derwenthaugh Park

Contact Peter Downes, LOI Access & Woodland Officer
pdownes@durhamwt.co.uk
07484 093411 / 01207 524844
To find out more about events in the area please visit our website.

In the News

Planning permission secured for Heritage Centre - Groundwork NE & Cumbria were successful in securing planning  permission for the proposed Heritage Centre to be built at Winlaton Mill.

Ros Rigby joins Executive Board - known for her role in setting up Folkworks which was instrumental in the creation of Sage Gateshead, Ros has joined Land of Oak & Iron's Executive Board.
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