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the Brightwater's lovely!

In case you haven’t heard of us, Discover Brightwater is a landscape partnership which has been funded by all of the nice people that play the lottery.

You can Discover Brightwater by following the Ancient River Skerne as it starts near the Trimdons via Hurworth Burn Reservoir then flows south near Fishburn, Bishop Middleham, Sedgefield, Newton Aycliffe and through Darlington. 

Named after the old viking word ‘Skirr”, Brightwater combines a unique landscape and history with the lively communities of South West Durham.

 

Unfortunately we weren’t given a catchy name like ‘The Dales” or “The Lakes” so we’ve had to make one up. The Skerne was originally named by our Viking ancestors; the word ‘skirr’ means bright and shining*

 – Discover Brightwater our new catchy name.

“Skirr”, meaning ‘bright and clear’ which is known to be the origin of other similar place names. It captures the magic of the light dancing on the surface of what was once a vast wetland area.

The word ‘skirr” also means rubbish tip, but we didn’t think Rubbishwater had quite the same appeal…

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News Splash

We’re already smashing the schedule to fix the Skerne, improving pathways not to mention building a brand new nature reserve…..and we’re only just getting started!!

Click below to find out what else we’ve been upto 

The River Skerne

The River Skerne Music Project

Through a series of creative online workshops, Haughton Academy will produce lyrics and music inspired by The ‘Skerne. This will be premiered by Opera North in a performance later in 2021.
The River Skerne

The River Skerne Music Project

Through a series of creative online workshops, Haughton Academy will produce lyrics and music inspired by The ‘Skerne. This will be premiered by Opera North in a performance later in 2021.
Darlington Pride parade Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

LGBT History Month

In February and March, we support a very exciting, informative and celebratory month, to educate out prejudice and make LGBT+ people, in all their rich diversity, visible.
Darlington Pride parade Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

LGBT History Month

In February and March, we support a very exciting, informative and celebratory month, to educate out prejudice and make LGBT+ people, in all their rich diversity, visible.
Janette

Voluntary Engagement Officer Opportunity (VEO)

This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity which aims to to develop environmental, practical and engagement skills within a small team over a wide range of activities.
Janette

Voluntary Engagement Officer Opportunity (VEO)

This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity which aims to to develop environmental, practical and engagement skills within a small team over a wide range of activities.

YOUR BRIGHTWATER NEEDS YOU!

Ready to save the planet or dig up the dirt on your ancestors?

Whatever the reason Brightwater needs you to help restore, reveal and celebrate life around the River Skerne.

We may not be able to work together face to face right now, but we’re looking at creative ways to keep the project going during this pandemic.

We’ll keep you updated so make sure you’re signed up to our newsletter or keep an eye on our website and social pages.

events & Volunteering Opportunities

To protect our staff, volunteers and the community, we have decided to postpone all digs, events and workshops due to take place before 01 June 2020. This will be continuously reviewed in accordance with current guidelines.

We’re continuing to work from home to keep the fun going. Make sure you pop back to find out about some of the great things happening in our patch, even if it is from behind your screen.

Join our search for an ancient bog or ‘hidden wetland

We’re looking for a team of curious people who can get ‘bogged down’ with us online, and help us identify a series of wetland hotspots.

Join our search for an ancient bog or ‘hidden wetland

We’re looking for a team of curious people who can get ‘bogged down’ with us online, and help us identify a series of wetland hotspots.

Volunteer Drone Pilot Required

We are also seeking a volunteer Drone Pilot. Take advantage of the exciting one-off opportunity and start the new year with a bang! The sky’s the limit!

Volunteer Drone Pilot Required

We are also seeking a volunteer Drone Pilot. Take advantage of the exciting one-off opportunity and start the new year with a bang! The sky’s the limit!

Volunteer Video Producers & Editor (s)

We are looking for volunteer creative and talented video editors to help us share our stories from around the Skerne.

Volunteer Video Producers & Editor (s)

We are looking for volunteer creative and talented video editors to help us share our stories from around the Skerne.

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WHAT WE ARE UPTO?

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DISCOVER BRIGHTWATER…
AND WIN A PRIZE

You probably have lots of spare time on your hands right now. Beat the lockdown boredom and win a prize…..see if you can find the hidden link within our website.

Contact us with the secret code to be entered into our prize draw.

Alternatively you could press this button and meet the team

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