About Our Project

The project relies on volunteers who donate their time to the upkeep and development of the newly planted site.

If you are interested in joining in the activities of the Woodland and Wildlife group, would like to join in the conversations over e-mail, or for more information, please contact woodland@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk.
Alternatively, if you are on Facebook please search for 'Woodland and Wildlife - Sedgefield'

Latest news

Next Group Session Saturday 15th May 10-12
We'll have a couple of visitors joining us during the session, who are evaluating Durham Woodland Revival (DWR). They just want to see what we're doing and speak to us while we're working. Although we are a Sedgefield Development Trust Project, we have positive links with DWR, who have provided advice and future funding.

Saturday 1st May.
Huge thank you to everyone today, great team effort once again! We now have a 100m hedge and 180 more oaks/silver birch planted on site, plus 3 oaks and a chestnut donated by Sedgefield in Bloom.

Our New Volunteers A warm welcome to the new volunteers who have joined the project over the past couple of months, it’s great to see new faces and fresh enthusiasm!

At our last working session, we concentrated on litter picking and filled at least 10 bags of rubbish from the eastern part of the project site, a fantastic effort by all!

We are also excited to have a new volunteer who is carrying out a bird survey for the site. On his first visit he logged goldcrest, greater spotted woodpecker and goldfinches among many others - we very much look forward to reading his final report.

Hedge Planting Day
The project is receiving 420 tree whips from The Woodland Trust, with planting planned for Saturday 1st May. The new hedge will be planted along the new William Armstrong Way and the more hands helping the better!
Location: Woodland & Wildlife Site behind Discovery 1 & 2 buildings at NETPark (rough postcode is TS21 3FH) follow the green arrow signs from Discovery 1 & 2 car park.
Time: 10am until all planted, so stay as long as you like!
Covid: The event will be planned to keep everyone safe, but please do your bit by wearing a mask, keeping your distance and sanitising your hands and tools.
What to bring: If possible, bring a spade (although we do have a small number of tools available), work gloves and a drink.

The planting date is subject to change depending on delivery of trees, so look out for information on social media or email Melissa at woodland@sedgefielddevelopmentrust.co.uk for up-to-date info.
Looking forward to seeing everyone!


s106 money: a possible application for funding
In recent years the SDT's Woodland & Wildlife group have discussed the possibility of 'daylighting' a stream which was culverted years ago on the site of the old Winterton hospital. It is understood to be clean water.

The idea is to remove the stream from its culvert and let it run naturally under the B1278 and into the Skerne. It would greatly enhance the woodland area and help to increase bio-diversity - an attractive solution which we think it would be seen as a significant amenity.

In informal discussions with local charities and statutory organisations the idea has met with enthusiasm. At the SDT meeting on the 22nd March the Trustees resolved to take the idea forward to the application for s106 funds from the open space part of the 'pot'.

In Summary

Activities so far have included; the planting of 1260 native trees supplied by the Woodland Trust, litter picking, clearance of undergrowth and a botany survey with Durham Wildlife Trust.

There are many more exciting ideas for future plans, such as sowing a wildflower meadow, plans also include hedge planting extending the woodland and encouraging more wildlife onto the site. New volunteers are always welcome, we value any contribution people are able to give.


Volunteers

Participate in the upkeep of the site and woodland management tasks
Write some articles about the project for the Sedgefield News
Give guidance and knowledge to promote biodiversity
Carry out wildlife surveys e.g. trees, botany, birds, insects or animals
....and much more!

Where are we?

A volunteer’s reflections

I’ve lived in Sedgefield for over 25 years and have always counted myself lucky to live in such a beautiful friendly place. Three years ago, I made a New Year resolution to say ‘Yes’ to the first Sedgefield volunteering opportunity that came my way as a thank you to the village and its folk. That opportunity turned out to be The Woodland and Wildlife Project.

A couple of weeks later, along with a small army of fellow villagers, I found myself on a snowy March morning trying to plant tiny trees (whips) into frozen ground with a random selection of garden tools we had brought from our homes. Remarkably, that day we somehow managed to plant nearly 500 whips and had a lot of fun and interesting chats about trees, gardens, birds and how achy our backs were getting.

Since then, lots more whips have been planted and a hedge is being established. We’ve had a botany group walk us round the site pointing out the kinds of flora in the woodland. We’ve had wildlife experts showing us where to build bat boxes and nesting boxes for birds. In the spring and summer, we do some targeted weeding to allow the trees to grow and in the winter we turn discarded Christmas trees into mulch and wildlife habitats.

I’m glad I made that New Year resolution – being involved has got me out in the fresh air in all weathers and helped me appreciate the beauty of all the seasons. I’ve learned so much about woodlands and wildlife and I’ve benefited from the exercise too! I’ve had some lovely and interesting chats with fellow woodlanders as we’ve hacked back weeds and created pathways.

From our woodland site, we have watched some new houses being built in the distance and just recently we have seen young families moving into the houses. I love to think that by the time the children are grown, they will have an established woodland to walk through and maybe they’ll think how lucky they are to live in this village too.
Maura Banim

If you’d like to get involved with the project, please contact Melissa at woodland@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk or join our Facebook page “Woodland & Wildlife - Sedgefield”.

From Acorn to Oak Tree

These are some of the oak trees Sedgefield Hardwick Primary, Sedgefield Primary and Darlington College have grown from acorn and are ready to plant on site.

New life at the site (April 2020)


Why Volunteer?

Taking part is free
Meet new people
Open space activities


Request to join the private group


Events

We hold regular events to clear or plant trees at the site. Due to COVID-19 all events are on hold at the moment but please re-visit this page for more information when the situation changes.


Take a look

Why not take a flask of coffee and take a break at the site. There are many species of birds at the site and you could well spot some of these:


Buzzard
Kestrel
Chiff Chaff
Blackcap
Long Tailed Tit
Tawny owl
Willow warbler
Mistle thrush
Reed bunting

Why not take a look at the flora and fauna, you may well discover these:
Pipistrelle bats
Common blues
Burnet moths
Cinnabar moths
Toads
Common newts
Bird's-foot trefoil
Viper bugloss