The Friends of Pelaw Wood was formed in September 2003 to work voluntarily to maintain and develop this area as a resource for the people of Durham. The group’s achievements over the last ten years have been considerable, including:

  • Producing an ecological survey
  • Erecting an Information Board for Pelaw Wood designed by young people from Gilesgate Sports College.
  • Opening up an ancient path of over 500 metres in conjunction with volunteers from Durham Countryside Rangers, Northumbria Water and Business in the Community on Make a Difference Day.
  • Third place in 2006 North East Community Forestry Community Awards
  • Establishing a website
  • Putting in new steps in steep pathways and reinforcing paths.
  • Planting new trees – aspen, ash and oak
  • Having a competition with local primary schools to design a logo for us
  • Organising evening bat and dawn chorus walks
  • Removing rubbish and litter
  • Working with school pupils at Gilesgate Sports College planting and caring for trees, controlling vegetation and managing drainage.
  • Engaging with students from University of Durham Environmental group to assist with works.
  • Conducting initial specialist survey on proposed wetland area
  • Developing a project for ponds and wetland area that is in abeyance
  • Gaining financial support from Parish Paths Partnership & CDENT
  • Improving access
  • Removing rubbish
  • Involving students fro local schools and the University
  • Clearing overgrown areas
  • Managing and developing natural habitats
  • Working towards Nature Reserve status
  • Building new steps
  • Reducing mud on path
  • Himalayan Balsam ‘eradication’
  • Erecting bird boxes

Surveys by …

Durham Wildlife Trust’s Wild Woods Project

Detailed ecology survey by The Friends. For details see here.

Archeological survey by The Friends

English Nature in preparation for Local Nature Reserve status

Durham County Council’s environmentalists

Ancient Woodlands Programme