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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 

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Celebrating life around river in creative words
A CREATIVE writing project celebrating life around a North-East river has started with the first of a series of free workshops.
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Short story competition launched to celebrate life around North-East river
A CREATIVE-WRITING project is launched today as part an ambitious programme celebrating life around a North-East river.
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The Brightwater Big Weekend!
We had a fabulous time celebrating the Discover Brightwater BIG Weekend! It was funfilled with foraging, fairground rides and lots of family fun! 

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.

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How To Tell The Story of a Village, with Discover Brightwater

Learn how to research the historic villages of Brightwater, County Durham, and create a ‘Village Atlas’ to bring their stories to life.

How To Tell The Story of a Village, with Discover Brightwater

Learn how to research the historic villages of Brightwater, County Durham, and create a ‘Village Atlas’ to bring their stories to life.
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Big Weekend April 2022

Join us for a weekend of fun and discovery 22nd-24th April

Big Weekend April 2022

Join us for a weekend of fun and discovery 22nd-24th April
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Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop

Throughout the day you will learn the techniques to graft your own heritage apple tree scion onto a rootstock to take home with you.

Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop

Throughout the day you will learn the techniques to graft your own heritage apple tree scion onto a rootstock to take home with you.

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

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