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Bearpark Colliery Woods is an woodland of 38 hectares planted in 1995 on the site of the former Bearpark Colliery in the village of Bearpark near the city of Durham in North East England. The woodland is owned by Durham County Council.

This is the web site of the Friends of Bearpark Woods, a community group formed to have a management input to an area of this woodland. Our aims are to improve access, enhance the wildlife value of the woods and, potentially, to generate a small income from woodland products that arise from the management work to achieve the other aims.

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We’ve got an award…

We have have just been awarded the highest level of achievement by the Royal Horticultural Society under the “It’s Your Neighbourhood” scheme. In marking us “Outstanding”, the RHS assessor commented “The woodland has potential to be used for a wide range of activities and become a major asset to the village and surrounding area”. We’re … Continue reading

Grow Wild visits Bearpark

Thanks to Vinny Ganley, Grow Wild England Partnership Manager for taking the time to visit our village woods, all the way from his base at Kew Gardens. The Grow Wild project aims to encourage the planting of UK native wild flowers and has provided us with funding to develop an area within the woods as … Continue reading

Spring shoots

This afternoon’s job was continuing to mulch the apple trees and checking over the new plantings. All the fruit trees now have a layer of mulch in place to reduce competition from the grass. The newly planted trees are looking good. Couldn’t help noticing that spring is bursting out everywhere.

Plans for ‘Bearpark Colliery Meadow’

We have just been awarded funding from Grow Wild to create ‘Bearpark Colliery Meadow’ in this open space in the colliery woods. The plan is to open up the views by taking down the few scattered pine trees and sow meadow wild flower seeds. The seed will come from a farm in Northumberland, where they … Continue reading

Tree planting in the sunshine

Thanks to all the enthusiastic helpers who turned out on a lovely sunny day, we got our 250 Big Tree Plant trees planted. We planted Aspen, Alder, Goat Willow, White Willow, Hazel and Downy Birch.

The trees have arrived

We’re all set for Sunday now. All we need now is a nice day and a few pairs of hands to get them planted.

Big Tree Plant, Bearpark

On Sunday 16th March between 10:00am and 4:00 pm, we will be planting 250 native trees in the woods. The planting site will be signed from the gates at either end of Aldin Grange Terrace. It’s likely to be muddy and very uneven underfoot and the weather, as ever, unpredictable so, if you’d like to … Continue reading