Theme: The new England Coast Path and connecting people with the coast – visit a good news example of partnership work along the coastal path
Location: Durham Heritage Coast – with overnight stay in Durham St Chads
- To explore a section of the England Coast Path which has a success story to tell and how ORN members can jointly strengthen the use off the coastal path especially for economic development, recreation, awareness and developing communities.
- Possibly explore the relevance of a future conference in partnership with NE Coast Path unit with European input
- Bring together and strengthen the network by focusing on a particular issue that they could jointly add value too
Dates: 30rthJuly – 31st July
The Durham Heritage Coast is a great example of how different organisations have worked together to transform an industrial landscape into a nationally recognised Heritage Coast landscape, providing a range of cultural, natural, and geological places of interest, stunning coastal views and beaches and opportunities for outdoor recreation.
The Heritage Coast partnership has recently been successful in securing the first HLF marine Landscape Partnership funding which will help to deliver 30 projects set to benefit our coastal heritage, the marine environment and local communities. Through the 30 projects, the Seascapes scheme will improve access to beaches, explore the shipwrecks and habitats beneath the waves, improve biological recording through citizen science, construct a coastal conservation centre, tackle marine litter and create opportunities for local people and visitors to enjoy being on and in the sea.
30th July – Arrive and stay in Durham – Dinner at Zizzis 19.45 – we can gather in St Chads at 19.30
31st July –
08.30 Minibus to leave St Chads to go to Durham station to pick up Martin, Andrew, Jo and Niall on Northbound side of the station
09.15 – Series of site visits to
The site visit will give participants the opportunity to meet those involved with the project from local community and the Heritage Coast partnership and hear about the challenges and successes as well as future vision for the area
13.00 – return to Seaham Harbour activity centre for lunch
13.45 – Introductions – Terry Robinson
14.00 – Seascapes Partnership Niall Benson, Durham Heritage Coast and Eric Wilton National Trust will talk about the heritage of the area, the future vision for engaging people in the coastal environment for recreation and enjoyment including the Vision for Nature and Coastal Connections
- Reprise of how we got to where we are
- Challenges faced
- Plans to complete the path
- Benefits emerging
15.15 Tea Coffee break
15.50 Discussion and closing remarks
16.15 Depart for Durham station