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River Gaunless for People and Wildlife Project

Project Facts


  • Project began in July 2017 and 'ends' March 2019
  • Aims to engage people in the Gaunless Valley
  • £66,000 funding awarded by HLF, Durham AAP and Greggs
  • Run by Gaunless Local Management Group

Project Aims


  • Encourage people to connect with cultural heritage
  • Raise awareness of the river
  • Provide people with new experiences
  • Make a difference for people and wildlife

Community Engagement


  • Schools
  • Youth Groups
  • Gypsy Roma Travellers
  • Local Management Group
  • Groundwork & Daisy Arts

Future Funding


  • We are working to extend and widen the project beyond the original HLF remit and need supplementary funding for:
  • Engagement with further schools
  • To extend school options i.e. soundscapes to primary schools
  • Support school travel to river sites and other events e.g. to the Darlington GRT site
  • Project counts towards match funding

Gaunless LMG


  • LMG meets quarterly and is fundamental in the delivery of the project
  • LMG members have the opportunity to develop their skills in being an active member of the group, project planning, attending events and fund raising.
  • If you would like to become a member please contact us on 01388 488867 or email admin@wear-rivers-trust.org.uk

Key Dates


Gaunless LMG Meetings:

19th September 2018 

Bishop Auckland Community Fire Station

6pm to 8pm