Woodlands Fit for Fairies
The Fairy Cupboards are a rare geological feature of eroded rock on the banks of the River Tees between Romaldkirk and Cotherstone. They lie immediately adjacent to the Teesdale Way and have long been a popular attraction for visitors and residents alike, including the photographer Yeoman. Because of the growth of trees in recent years it was impossible to obtain the views of the river that Yeoman would have experienced. Rhododendron growth masked parts of the woodland, crowding out the native flora and leading to loss of biodiversity. The aim of the project was to restore this beautiful riverside walk for all by restoring the views: through removal of scrub, improvement of native ash and oak woodland by removing Rhododendrons and allowing native species to re-establish, removal of excessive number of tree seedlings near footpath, and installation of nest boxes for Pied Flycatchers.
This project is now complete.