Welcome to the Friends of Pelaw Wood website. We are a registered charity affiliated to The Conservation Volunteers. Friends Of Pelaw Wood was formed in September 2003 to encourage the use and enjoyment of this beautiful woodland by everyone living in Durham City through actively maintaining the footpaths and improving the habitats within the wood. If you would like to read more about the history of the group, the reasons for setting it up and the difference it has made, and continues to make, follow this link.
What we do
We undertake a variety of tasks in the wood depending on the time of year.These include renovating and upgrading paths and improving the drainage from them, building steps, tree planting, litter picking, clearing rubbish from Pelaw Wood beck, controlling invasive species such as bracken and brambles, trying to eradicate non native species like himalayan balsam, collecting and sowing seeds and generally managing the different habitats within the wood to increase species diversity.
We also arrange social events, such as our springtime guided walk to listen to and identify birds by their song.
Our monthly activity programme and details of other other social events are posted on our Activities and Events page as well as being sent out by email to our registered members. Our work sessions usually attract between 8 to 12 people.
When we meet
We normally meet on the First Sunday of each month at 10.00 am by the notice board on the path leading from St Giles Close to Silvergate Bridge. Our work sessions last about two to three hours after which many of us adjourn to the Queens Head at the top of Gilesgate. If you would like to see the sort of tasks we undertake and meet members of the group please feel free to come along to one of these work sessions or to the Queens Head from about 12.30 to 1.00. The sessions always include a variety of activities that are suitable for all ages and abilities. No previous experience is necessary.
Who we are
We are a friendly informal group of about twenty plus people from a variety of backgrounds. Membership of our group is free and we are always keen to welcome new volunteers. Most of us live within the city of Durham and and are committed to maintaining and conserving this ancient woodland for the enjoyment of our own and future generations. If you are interested in joining us do please get in touch through our contact page. We have a formal constitution and an elected committee.
Tony Ewin – Chairman
Michael Flood – Secretary
Martin Dancey – Treasurer
As specified in our constitution our objectives are “To promote, for the benefit of the public generally, any charitable purpose in the vicinity of Pelaw Wood connected with the enhancement, improvement, maintenance and protection of the environment and landscape”.
You can read our constitution here.