Flatts Wood and Tees Banks Restoration


The programme aimed to restore and enhance the walks and banks leading from the Scar Top area in the centre of Barnard Castle which were brought into the public domain during the early 19th century. 

The area was a popular destination for residents and visitors, and feature in the work of Elijah Yeoman, renowned local photographer. It is still a major amenity area of the town and acts as a ‘green lung’, much valued by local people of all ages, especially those who may not be able to access the further countryside. 

Work included restoration of historic named walks and paths, refurbishment of bridges, restoration of benches and signage and appropriate interpretation. There have also been improvements to the area known as the bandstand which is a popular site for picnics and other activities by families, and acts as a ‘town beach’.

A walk leaflet has been designed and is now available from The Witham, Barnard Castle. There has also been a Woodland Guardian scheme put in place, where local residents are asked to keep an eye on the footpaths throughout the wood and report back any issues. If you are interested in volunteering as a woodland guardian please see our downloads for more information. 

This project is now complete.

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