The Friends of Pelaw Wood want 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.

Lower path

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.

When we meet

We normally meet on the first Sunday of each month at 10.00 am by the notice board on St Giles Close, off Gilesgate Green. 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 what we do and meet members of the group please 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. Details of our next meetings are on our Events page 


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.

View from the seat after cutting back the trees

View from the seat after cutting back the trees

Our Objectives

Formed in September 2003 by local people 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’.


If you are interested in joining us please get in touch. We have a formal constitution,   elected officers and are affiliated to The Conservation Volunteers.


New Year’s Day 2013

Tony Ewin – Chairman
Sarah Wheater – Secretary
Michael Flood – Treasurer

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Revised 4 Jan 2015

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