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:

Working towards designation as a Local Nature Reserve by Durham County Council

The planting of a “new” woodland on the site of a former hockey pitch adjacent to Old Durham

The preparation of a detailed Management Plan up to 2021

Completing an ecological survey of the different parts of Pelaw Wood

Maintaining upgrading and reinforcing paths and steps in the Wood

Organising events such as evening bat walks, moth evenings, dawn chorus walks and heritage day tours through the Wood

Design for Noticeboard

Working with partners and funders to improve the paths through the wood and to increase ecological diversity

Constantly removing litter and waste

Putting up nest boxes

Harvesting and sowing seeds

Clearing invasive species such as Himalayan balsam

Erecting this map board, designed by pupils from Gilesgate Community and Sports College, in St Giles Close

A summary of our activities in 2016-17 may be found here.

Revised 29 January 2016


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