HARDY conservationists are continuing their work, making a city woodland more accessible for visitors

The Friends of Pelaw Wood, who are affiliated to the Conservation Volunteers, want to encourage use and enjoyment of the attractive woodland on the River Wear bankside in Gilesgate, Durham.

They actively maintain footpaths, aid drainage from them, build steps, litter pick and improve the habitats within the wood on monthly work parties.

Friends meet on the first Sunday of each month by the notice board and flats on St Giles Close, off Gilesgate Green, before heading over Silverlink Bridge to begin work sessions.

Extra helping hands are welcome, with Durham University ‘s Tree Conservation Society assisting last month.

Sessions last between two and three hours after which members seek refreshment and discuss the following month’s tasks in The Queen’s Head, at Sherburn Road Ends, Gilesgate.

New faces are welcome to either join the work party, in St Giles Close, at 10am, or meet in the Queen’s Head between 12.30 and 1pm.