Sep 13 2021

Lovely summer work at the Derwenthead Woods, County Durham

Mid August 2021 – tube straightening at Bale Hill Wood.

The weather was kind to us mid-August as we had a team of five volunteers working on Bale Hill Wood – part of three woods planted in 2015/2016 collectively known as The Derwenthead Woods. The team met up at the nearby Allensford Country Park, a popular visitors area at the County Durham side of the River Derwent, for a day of tube straightening.

Working on tube maintenance - Bale Hill Wood

Working on tube maintenance



Most young trees are doing very well. Here are some Rowan and Oak.


There were a number of tubes where we thought the tree growth had failed, but once the long grass inside the tube had been carefully removed, we were pleased to see that there was a small, but otherwise healthy tree inside waiting to be rescued.

The tube after the grass had been removed.

One of the small trees we found – a healthy little oak in this case.
















Lunch break under an old oak, view down the Derwent Valley and across into Northumberland.

A great spot for lunch.


A good job done, thank you to the volunteers.

The team on the day.


One of our ‘rescues’

Report by Alan Wallace

Volunteer Leader.

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