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Land of Oak & Iron - Conserve, Enhance, Celebrate

Posted on Feb 10 2017
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Land Of Oak & Iron are TWHF's latest member. Set in the countryside to the west of Newcastle and Gateshead the project covers a 177Km2 area surrounding the Derwent Valley. It stretches from the rural Derwent Reservoir to the more urban River Tyne, including parts of Gateshead, Northumberland and County Durham.

This beautiful steep sided valley has an abundance of natural woodland, rare and iconic wildlife. However, the natural beauty that you can see today was not always as it appears. Not so long ago the area once hosted a world-leading iron and steel industry in various forms from the 1690s up until the 1980s; in the early 18th Century it was the heart of British sword making and was home to the great industrialist Ambrose Crowley. Such industry attracted wealth and culture to the area, including Mary Eleanor Bowes, known as the ‘Unhappy Countess’ living at Gibside Hall, the artist Thomas Bewick, the poet Tommy Armstrong and is famed for the local traditional dance; Rapper Dancing across the globe.

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Last changed: Feb 10 2017 at 9:37 AM

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