Cow Plantation Nature Reserve receives Highly Commended award

Cow Plantation Nature Reserve wild flowers
Wild flowers growing in colourful abundance at the Cow Plantation Nature Reserve.

Spennymoor Town Mayor, Cllr Liz Maddison, was delighted to announce that recent projects in the Cow Plantation Nature Reserve have resulted in a Highly Commended award at the Durham Environment Awards, which were held virtually on Friday 19th February.

The projects have seen improved gating and access to both main entrances and also new signage, way markers, fingerposts and perch seating installed. 

The projects were made possible with funding from Spennymoor Town Council, however, the majority of the funding was granted by the Spennymoor Area Action Partnership, Durham County Council, Cllr Alan Gardner via his DCC Neighbourhood Budget, The Impetus Trust and Yor4Hub, totalling almost £40,000 in external funding.

Cow Plantation Nature Reserve signage
Some of the new signage at the reserve.

The work was designed by Steve Pardue of Differentia Design in partnership with residents from local care home, Lothian House.  Steve also oversaw the development, with council staff undertaking a large proportion of the work.

The Mayor said: “This really has been a team effort to enhance what is the green lung of the Town.  The nature reserve has trees which are over 200 years old, and flora and fauna indigenous to the area.  

“Indeed the area is so important to the council that it has its own committee to oversee improvements, and the committee will continue to seek funding to further improve the area. 

“I congratulate all who have been involved.”


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