With a budget totalling £3.2 million and support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Durham Wildlife Trust, the Bright Water Landscape Partnership scheme is finally set to make transformations to the River Skerne by co-ordinating a programme of over 20 heritage focussed projects in the area.
The River Skerne is a 25-mile-long tributary of the River Tees, which meanders through County Durham and Darlington before joining the River Tees at Hurworth Place.
Paul Black, who recently met with CLA North Adviser Jane Harrison, has been appointed to lead the delivery of the projects, as well as helping to promote the area and enable local people and visitors to connect with the landscape, the wildlife and the history. The project also offers exciting opportunities for farmers and landowners in the area, and enquiries can be made with the partnership.
The programme will make changes to the landscape in the hope to return it to its original wetlands state, which will not only draw visitors to the area, but will also aim to help restore habitats and recreate its former character.
Improvements to access through new footpaths and signposting will come as a result, along with plans to create cycle paths and walkways, accommodating a wide range of visitors.
For further information, visit the Partnership’s website www.discoverbrightwater.org