Our work

The work at Allen Banks

James Howard hard at work keeping the woodland in check.

James Howard hard at work keeping the woodland in check.

Allen Banks and its 41 hectare woodland is just a small fraction of Hadrian's Wall Country Group, which also includes six miles of Hadrian's Wall and Bellister Castle and Estate, that our five rangers look after.

With the volunteers' help we maintain Allen Banks woodland so it's safe for visitors, restore essential parts of the site and conduct regular surveys.

Volunteering

We really couldn't do half the work we do without volunteers, they are our heroes. If volunteering is something you're considering there are different areas that you can get involved in.

BatLife

In 2013 we launched BatLife, a three-year project Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund to help conserve and find out more about bats living along Hadrian’s Wall Path. it aims to highlight the bats that live here.

Charcoal burning

Thanks to our friends at Spadeadam, we now have a charcoal burner! This means we can clear rhododendron - which is not ideal for the woodland - and make charcoal at the same time. Now all we need is the BBQ weather.

Surverys

Wildlife, trees, geology, you name it, chances are we survey it. This helps to record what's here and what may need some TLC. Volunteers help us and we're always grateful for even more to come forward.

Pinpoint Adventure

Create an activity-filled day out suited to you with PintPoint Adventure © PinPoint Adventure/Ian Hopper

Create an activity-filled day out suited to you with PintPoint Adventure

We've been working with father and son team Ian and Tom Hopper for a number of years now.

They are fantastic and help to deliver adventure activities such as Snowshoeing, Climbing at Crag Lough, Underground Adventure at Nenthead and Sleeping under the stars weekend at Allen Banks.

North Pennines AONB

Working in partnership with North Pennines AONB at Allen Banks © Airfoto

Working in partnership with North Pennines AONB at Allen Banks

The primary purpose of Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) designation is to conserve and enhance natural beauty.

In pursuing the primary purpose account should be taken of the needs of agriculture, forestry and other rural industries and of the economic and social needs of local communities. We work closely with North Pennines AONB to conserve Allen Banks woodland.

Tyne Valley NT Association

The Trust help to spread the word about Allen Banks © National Trust / Victoria Gibson

The Trust help to spread the word about Allen Banks

Tyne Valley National Trust Association provides a forum for National Trust members, (including Scottish) to learn more about the National Trust in the North East

During the winter months (Sept.-May) they hold regular meetings where a variety of speakers give talks on topics of interest. All profits from these events are given to the regional National Trust.

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