The Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership is celebrating three commendations in this year’s County Durham Environment Awards.
The Flatts Wood improvement works were commended in the Places and Spaces category for the valuable contribution to the improvement of the local environment and the provision of improved community facilities. In total 5 bridges have been replaced or repaired, many of the paths have been improved, all the benches have been restored and the signposts replaced.
“We are delighted to have received a commendation for the works undertaken in Flatts Wood,” said Emma Ashton-Wickett, the Heart of Teesdale’s Paths for All Officer. “It is a really popular community site and we hope that the improvements only enhance the enjoyment felt by those who visit the area.”
The Birds and Farm Landscapes led by the Mid Teesdale Project Partnership was commended in the Natural Environment category for the valuable contribution to the improvement of the biodiversity of the Heart of Teesdale project area. This year the project carried out survey work of sites planted with wild bird seed mix the previous year, which showed promising results with species such as Tree Sparrow, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting and Brambling being recorded. Habitats have also been created with around 1500 trees being planted, and 1250 metres of hedgerow being planted. 80 nest boxes for Tree Sparrows and other small birds have been made and put up, and 8 boxes have been put up for Barn Owls.
Roger Peat, a Barnard Castle Town Councillor and Heart of Teesdale volunteer was also commended in the Volunteer of the Year Over 18 category for his valuable contribution to the improvement of the quality and appearance of the local environment. He has been actively involved in many Heart of Teesdale projects including the Upper Demesnes Hay Meadow and restoring the benches in Flatts Wood, as well as being a member of their Advisory Group. He also contributes greatly to other projects in Barnard Castle through his involvement with the Town Council.