Table D1

Table D1: Landscape and Natural Environment Sites in Our Neighbourhood

This list describes the context as known at the time of compiling the data (September 2019) It identifies key resources, however it cannot be used as a comprehensive list. A comprehensive review of such resources is one of the initiatives suggested by residents and covered in the companion document ‘Looking Forward – Durham as a Creative and Sustainable City’ (Durham City Neighbourhood Plan Working Party, 2019a). Details of open and green spaces can be seen in the document Durham City Neighbourhood Planning Forum (2018).

Green Belt area within Our Neighbourhood

Aykley Heads, Sidegate, Franklands Lane

Maiden Castle

Land south of the A177

Land west of the A167

Agricultural Land

Arbour House Farm

Baxter Wood Farm

Elvet Moor Farm

Farewellhall Farms

Frankland Farm (part in Our Neighbourhood)

Houghall Farm at East Durham College’s Houghall Campus

Fields: Merryoaks, Mountjoy, Potters Bank, Whinney Hill

Allotments and Community Gardens

Crossgate Community Garden, Laburnum Avenue

Green Lane allotments

May Street allotments

North End allotments

St Margaret’s allotments, Margery Lane

Wharton Park Community Garden


Bow Cemetery, Potters Bank

Durham Cemetery and Crematorium, South Road

Quaker Burial Ground, Bellevue Court, Claypath (disused)

Redhills Roman Catholic Cemetery, Redhills Lane

St Cuthbert’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Framwellgate Peth

St Giles Cemetery, Gilesgate

St Margaret’s Cemetery, Margery Lane

St Nicholas’ Cemetery, Providence Row

St Oswald’s Cemetery, Church Street

Stockton Road Cemetery

Green Assets

European protected sites (Habitats Regulations)


Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)


Local Nature Reserves (LNR)

Aykley Wood

Flass Vale

Local Wildlife Sites (LWS)

Baxter Wood

Blaid’s Wood

Flass Vale

Hopper’s Wood

Houghall, Maiden Castle and Little High Woods

Moorhouse Wood

North Wood

Pelaw Wood

Saltwell Gill Wood

Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland (ASNW)

Blaid’s Wood

Borehole Wood

Farewell Hall Wood

Great High Wood

Hollinside Wood

Hopper’s Wood

Maiden Castle Wood

Moorhouse Wood

North Wood

Pelaw Wood

Saltwell Gill Wood

Protected habitats/species


Ancient and/or species-rich hedgerows

Ancient semi-natural woodland

Veteran trees


Rivers and streams

Road verges of conservation importance


Amphibians (frogs, toads and newts), particularly the Great crested newt


Barn owls

Bats (all species)


House sparrows



Sea trout

Wild birds, their nests and eggs

County Geological Site

River Wear Gorge at Durham City


Public Rights of Way, other footpaths


Trees with preservation orders

Parks, Gardens and Woods

Botanic Gardens, Durham University, South Road

The Houghall Arboretum and Pinetum, East Durham College, Houghall Campus

Crook Hall Gardens

Linear Park, Mount Oswald (proposed)

Low Burnhall, Woodland Trust wood

Peninsular Woodlands

Riverbanks Gardens

Heritage Walks in the peninsular area: Castle walks (Motte and moat walk, North Terrace walk, Bishops walk), Prebends Walk, Hatfield Walk, Principals Walk, The 18thC landscaping of the Prebends Bridge approaches and quarry walks on the outer banks

Wharton Park

Open Green Spaces

Aykley Heads

Bowling Green (now unused), Elvet Waterside

Gilesgate Green

Hollow Drift (field adjacent to Durham City Rugby Club ground)

Observatory Hill

Peskies Park

The College

The riverbanks (the parts of the riverbanks that are not just pavements)

Roundabouts, e.g. Gilesgate Roundabout

The Sands

Urban Open Spaces

Fowler’s Yard

High Street

Market Place

Millennium Place

Palace Green (with some characteristics of an open green space)

The riverbanks in the City Centre (the parts of the riverbanks that are just pavements)

Green corridors (Complied August 2019)

Railway line

River Wear


Dryburn Road

Southfield Way

Framwellgate Peth (from County Hall roundabout to Sidegate)

Frankland Lane


North Road

Station Approach

A167 (Sniperley Roundabout; Club Lane to Durham Johnson
School; Enterprise Car Hire to Clay Lane; Potters Bank traffic
lights to River Browney)

Footpath from St Johns Church to Clay Lane (PROW FP11)

Clay Lane (PROW FP15)

Margery Lane (PROW FP15)

Blind Lane, from Margery Lane to Crossgate Peth (PROW FP16)

Grove Street


South Street (except for the bottom section connecting to

Mill Hill Lane and Footpath (PROW FP17) (from Elvet Hill Road
to A167)

Footpath A167 to South Road (A177+ (PROW FP18)

Potters Bank

Elvet Hill Road

Quarry Heads Lane

A177 (Cock of the North Roundabout, South Road, Stockton
Road to Shincliffe Bridge)

Footpath (PROW FP51) from Stockton Road cemetery to the
playground next to St Oswald’s Institute, Church Street

Leazes Road (A690)

Note: footpaths and roads that pass through larger areas of
green spaces are not included

Housing developments and the grounds of large organisations can have green areas that can function as green corridors, e.g. University Hospital of North Durham, Land Registry, The Downs, schools, University colleges, University Mountjoy site, churches and cemeteries

Dark corridors (Complied August 2019)

Franklands Lane and PROW FP118

Footpath around the racecourse playing fields

Part of PROW FP78 running along river banks in Pelaw Woods

End of Green Lane running along Hollow Drift

Footpaths along the S / SW bank of the River Wear from Baths Bridge around Maiden Castle Wood to the entrance to Houghall Wood (incl PROW FP48, FP41) and around the Graham Sports Centre to Shincliffe Bridge (PROW FP54)

Part of Houghall Lane near Houghall Equine Centre

Railway embankments

Clay Lane Local Green Space (PROW FP15)

Blind Lane, from Margery Lane to Crossgate Peth (PROW FP16)

Footpath from A167 to South Road (PROW FP18)

Unlit large green open spaces:

Hoppers Wood

Aykley Heads (incl the Durham Light Infantry grounds Local
Green space)

Wharton Park

Frankland Lane area (incl tracks and footpaths)

The Sands (part of the River Wear corridor Local Green Space)

Pelaw Wood

Racecourse (part of the River Wear corridor Local Green Space)

Whinney Hill

Mount Joy

Houghall Equine Centre and Farm

Maiden Castle Wood, Great High Wood, Hollinside Wood, and Blaid’s Wood;

Little High Wood

Botanical Gardens

South Road Cemetery

Burnhall Wood

Woods and fields to West of A167 (incl PROW FP19, tracks around Morehouse Wood, tracks behind Merryoaks estate, Quarry House Lane and PROW FP9, PROW FP10, and track, Club Lane and PROW FP11)

Neville Cross Battlefield Local Green Space

Choristers School sports fields

Observatory Hill Local Green Space

Durham School sports fields

Bow Cemetery Local Green Space

St Margaret’s Cemetery and allotments Local Green Space

Peninsular Riverbanks (unlit except for a short strip of lighting either end of Prebends Bridge and stretching along bank to Fulling Mill (PROW FP61) and from Windy Gap to Framwellgate Bridge (PROW FP62)) (part of the River Wear corridor Local Green Space)

Flass Vale and North End allotments Local Green Space

See also Table D2, Table D3, Table D4 and Transport context and facilities

Next section: Table D2: Summary of Heritage Assets in Our Neighbourhood

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