Interested in Access and the Countryside in County Durham?

If you are interested in how public rights of way and access to the countryside in County Durham are managed and improved, then there are opportunities for you to get more involved. The County Durham Local Access Forum (CDLAF) is looking for new members, and if you think you have something to offer we would love to hear from you.

The LAF is an independent statutory body which advises the County Council, Natural England and others on matters relating to access, rights of way and recreation. Anyone can apply, but we are particularly looking for people with knowledge or experience in areas such as farming, land management, health, cycling, tourism, motorised recreation and disability. The Forum meets at least four times a year, usually in the evening, at a variety of venues around the County, and members are entitled to travel expenses.

The meetings are open to the public and copies of previous minutes and annual reports can be seen at www.durham.gov.uk/laf

If you are interested in joining the Forum please contact Mike Ogden on 03000 265331 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and you will be sent an application pack. The Forum has been in existence since 2003 and has played a key role in a number of projects. It has advised on the development of the County Council’s three Rights of Way Improvement Plans (2007-11, 2011-14 and 2015-18) which set out the future for access in the County, and played a similar role in the development of the Cycling Strategy.

These are interesting times for access to the countryside in County Durham, with the England Coast Path now established, Landscape Partnerships looking at access improvements, and an increasing recognition of the health and well-being benefits of access to the countryside. If you want to be involved and to help shape future directions, then this is your chance.

Sustainable Food Cities Newsletter November 2018

Welcome to the Sustainable Food Cities newsletter. We are passionate about towns and cities taking a joined up approach to food and want to help public agencies, NGOs, businesses and communities to work together to make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of where they live. If you have news, events or questions for discussion for the newsletter get in touch.

Environment Partnership Autumn Newsletter

Please find attached the latest Environment Partnership Newsletter. Our Edible Gilesgate project is featured this time.

Dr Liz Charles, Project Manager (Food)
Usual working days: Wednesday – Friday
Durham Community Action, 9 St Stephen’s Court, Low Willington, County Durham DL15 0BF
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Energy Mapping..

Advice in County Durham recently pulled together information on the energy advice available in the county.

Please see attached, a mapping document describing the local energy advice services and their eligibility criteria.

If you notice anything we have missed, or your service provides energy advice, please feel free to send the information over to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added.

Big Energy Saving Network 

This year, Big Energy Saving Network (BESN) will be delivered by Citizens Advice. In the next few weeks they will begin the application process to select delivery partners. The Big Energy Saving Network is made up of local community groups and charities across Great Britain that can advise on energy saving in the home, switching energy suppliers, different energy tariffs and available support to help vulnerable households stay warm and lower energy bills.

Citizens Advice is looking for expressions of interest so that they can invite you to apply for funding. If you are interested in delivering BESN in 2018/19 please register your interest by completing this form.

If you have any issues completing this form please contact the delivery team by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Visit Big Energy Saving Network at: https://bigenergysavingnetwork.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network