Our Heritage Centre is set within the beautiful steep-sided Derwent Valley, with an abundance of natural woodland, rare and iconic wildlife and a hidden heritage of British sword making and a world leading iron and steel industry.

The Land of Oak & Iron are proud to host a wide range of wonderful events and activities, from exciting seasonal children’s trails and school holiday activities, to music events, creative workshops and heritage talks. Keep up to date with our current events on our social media pages and ‘what’s on’ page on our website. We also host exhibitions of local artist’s work in the windows of our Inside Out Gallery, most of which is available to purchase.

The Heritage Centre Café is also the perfect place to fuel up before or relax after a day of exploring. From hearty breakfasts and seasonal lunches to delicious home-bakes, all made with locally sourced ingredients, there’s something to suit all tastes.

Pegswood species

Groundwork North East & Cumbria manage Pegswood Community Park on behalf of the Banks Group who own the site. The Park is made up of three closely connected sites (Phases 1, 2, & 3) totalling 41.4 hectares and comprising a range of habitats with an abundance of flora & fauna: there are areas of immature woodland, ancient woodland, meadow areas, a lake, nutrient poor wildflower areas, wild scrub areas, pond/scrape areas and hedgerows. Spread across the three sites is a network of paths for the enjoyment of site users. Most of these paths are established, lined paths, but some are also informal.

In cooperation with the South Tyne and Wear Waste Management Partnership and SUEZ, Groundwork North East & Cumbria deliver an extremely successful waste awareness and recycling education programme across South Tyne and Wear.

The project, based at the flagship Visitor and Education Centre in Gateshead, provides a range of activities, workshops and presentations targeted at residents across the three local authority areas of Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland.

The Monkton Community Woodland spans 4.5km of tracks, with four wood woodland paths and more than 30,000 trees and shrubs. Formerly a cokeworks, Monkton Community Woodland provides a number of vital links between communities and a wonderful network of green spaces and wildlife, as well as providing opportunities for volunteering and health activities. In 2005 the site was transferred to The Land Trust and management of the woodland area became the responsibility of Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle.