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    Durham Cathedral’s woodland to be restored to its former glory

    A woodland designed to enhance the view of Durham Cathedral and provide a tranquil haven for the city’s Georgian residents is being transformed.

    The woodlands and riverbanks surrounding Durham Cathedral are to undergo a carefully programmed tree management project, building on 18th Century plans thanks to lottery funding.

    Gina Davies, Woodlands and Riverbanks Project Officer at Durham Cathedral, said: ‘We are extremely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for supporting this project.

    “The woodlands and riverbanks offer peace and quiet from the hustle and bustle of the city centre and we hope that, once the tree management work is complete, more people will be encouraged to visit this peaceful haven at the heart of Durham City.’”

    The tree management work is the third phase of a Woodland Management Programme to rejuvenate the heritage woodlands and riverbanks around the Durham Peninsula.

    It follows a survey into the trees and protected species within the city centre.

    Designed in the 18th-century, the current woodland of 7.4 acres is probably the remnant of a planned landscape which enhances the setting of the Durham Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site.

    These woodland works will be taking place on site now until the end of February.

    During this time, some path closures may be necessary whilst work is taking place, for the safety of visitors to the Cathedral.

    For further information about the project or the work that is taking place, please contact Gina Davies at woodlandsandriverbanks@durhamcathedral.co.uk.

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