Discover Brightwater is a programme of events, projects and activities over the next couple of years to restore, reveal and celebrate life around the River Skerne. This area, in the historic south County Durham, stretches north from Darlington and includes the towns and villages of Newton Aycliffe, Sedgefield, Bishop Middleham, Fishburn and the Trimdons up to Hurworth Burn reservoir.
Here at Discover Brightwater, our team of highly motivated and slightly overqualified experts all look good in wellies.
This is important as our work focusses on improving the natural and cultural environment and heritage.
We revel in working with and within communities to discover and reveal the history of the area, improve existing environments and create new nature reserves for the benefit of wildlife and land users.
Discover Brightwater is a £3.3 million Landscape Partnership Programme supported by all you national lottery players via the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
So every time you play the lottery or have a flutter on the scratch cards part of the money comes to support projects like this. To date about £7.6 billion has been spent on improving landscapes and heritage in programmes like ours.
To work with us or to find out more about our partners click here
For those of us who like history, mystery and hands that get blistery, come and join us on a historical adventure…
There’s lots of projects to get involved with, from litter picking, fixing the Skerne and clearing out Fishburn Woods. If you would rather not get your hands dirty download our free walking guides instead!
It’s not just about our fabulous landscape. It’s also about our people, without you this project wouldn’t be possible.
With the help of our community, we’ve already written a book and designed a sculpture trail in Hardwick Park!
Those nice people who play the lottery have provided us with millions of pounds to improve our area, our skills and our communities
Be part of something pretty amazing. Click below to discover how you can get involved…