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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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'.