Durham Cathedral’s HLF project included implementation of proposals to rejuvenate the heritage woodlands and riverbanks surrounding the Cathedral. Located in the centre of Durham City on the banks of the River Wear where it loops around the Durham Peninsula in a deep gorge, the area has great landscape significance providing the setting for the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site which comprises Durham Cathedral and Castle and the buildings between them. The area is a major visitor attraction and one which is regularly used to promote a positive image of the region.
Despite its naturalness, the current wooded environment is believed to be a planned landscape dating back to the 18th Century. It is now over-mature and in need of substantial investment and reinvigoration.
An Arboricultural Health and Safety Inspection recommended that some 50 trees should be removed to address health and safety issues. TGP undertook Visual Impact Assessment of each tree and location to determine whether the proposed tree management work will create any short term or long term impact on the views to and from the riverbanks, what the impact might be and whether any mitigation measures could be introduced.