Organisations, businesses, projects and groups that we think are doing great work and deserve some attention.
A community hub on North Bailey in the centre of Durham City which hosts a range of interesting organisations and events, including some of our Transition events, find them here.
A group campaigning against crazy new road and housing developments on the western edge of Durham City. Take a look at their Facebook page that shows you the plans.
We were impressed by this community garden when we last visited, especially the solar powered rainwater harvesting system. You can visit their website here.
Brandon Community Garden in the height of summer
The UK Co Housing Network defines co housing communities as intentional communities, created and run by their residents. Each household has a self-contained, personal and private home but residents come together to manage their community, and share activities by agreement. Continue reading →
They are always happy to share their skills including braiding, weaving on looms, tapestry weaving, spinning etc and members can borrow equipment and books. Take a look at their website here.
Bearpark Colliery Woods were created in 1995 on the site of the former Bearpark Colliery, about a mile to the west of Durham City. The Friends of Bearpark Woods were formed in 2014 and work to enhance the woods for wildlife and for the local community, working closely with the owners of the site, Durham County Council. Continue reading →
This group manage a lovely woodland valley in the heart of Durham City (just up the end of Waddington Street) and are also developing a forest garden which includes fruit trees and bushes. There is an annual Wassail, a traditional ceremony to celebrate fruit trees held in January, and they have other events during the year. Find their website here.
Harehope Quarry is a redundant limestone quarry and adjoining land in Weardale, Co. Durham. The quarry is now run and managed by the Harehope Quarry Project, a workers’ co-operative. Much of the work carried out by the Project is done voluntarily. The Project aims to demonstrate a more sustainable way of living through its education and training programme and the management and development of the site. The site comprises the quarry, the Tip End and Cave’s Batts field. Continue reading →
Highlights the history and use of the River Wear today
This beautiful Victorian church is now a community venue run by friends of Transition, Janiece and Paul. They have a cafe (check for opening times), run regular social dances and other events. It’s also available to hire. Find them on Facebook.