Table D1 – 2019 version

Table D1: Landscape and Natural Environment Sites in Our Neighbourhood

This list describes the context as known at the time of writing. 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, 2019).

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

Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland (ASNW)


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)

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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