New nature reserve for Durham City
A County Durham wood has been declared a Local Nature Reserve, helping to secure its
future and use for generations to come.
Durham County Council has secured the declaration for Pelaw Wood, in Durham City,
The status will help the authority to protect Pelaw Wood Local Nature Reserve from any
It is also hoped it will help promote the area as somewhere members of the public can
enjoy for years to come.
Cllr Mark Wilkes, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and climate change, said: “Pelaw
Wood Nature Reserve is a beautiful woodland, and we want to make sure that everyone
who lives nearby can make the most of this stunning scenery.
“Home to so many varieties of wildlife, we hope the designation will encourage local
schools and residents to spend more time at the nature reserve. In doing so, I’m sure they
will gain a new-found appreciation of the area while also feeling the benefits to their health
and wellbeing of time spent enjoying the outdoors.”
Tony Ewin, chairman of the Friends of Pelaw Wood, said: “It is very gratifying that Pelaw
Wood has been designated a Local Nature Reserve. This recognises the value accorded
to this wood by the people of the neighbourhood. I would like to thank the council for its
work in securing the designation.”