Tender Opportunity – Tree Felling

Tender opportunity: Tree felling

Suitably qualified and insured parties are invited to tender for the felling of two batches of timber close to Dukesfield Arches during winter 2013/14

These works are in order to:

  • open up the views of the Arches from planned interpretation points,
  • reduce future tree growth on the newly consolidated structure from windblown seeds,
  • minimise damage from tree roots etc. to the built heritage including the mill leat, chimney, arches and identified archaeological dig sites, and
  • create a safe working environment for future site works

This work will also improve the nature conservation value by retaining understorey trees (holly, rowan, etc.) and creating space for selected young oaks to mature. This will retain the woodland setting of the Arches, whilst easing the management of the listed structure and minimising damage to surrounding archaeology.

The trees to be felled have been marked with red and white tape and were selected to achieve the above four aims, following advice from the Woodland Officer for the North Pennines AONB Partnership.

The tender brief is available from here . The closing date for submission is 12 noon on 25th November.

The Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers Project aimed to celebrate and discover the heritage of the Dukesfield Arches & lead carriers' routes between Blaydon and the lead mines of Allendale and Weardale. A two year community project, it was led by the Friends of the North Pennines in partnership with Hexhamshire and Slaley Parish Councils and the active support of Allendale Estates. It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the generous support of other sponsors. Friends of the North Pennines: Charity No:1137467