Riverfest returns to Bishop Auckland

A free family-friendly event with a focus on environmental issues affecting the River Wear has been held in Bishop Auckland.

Visitors to Riverfest 2024 were able to find out about the work of Wear Rivers Trust, as well as topics like habitat improvement and invasive species. Local groups were on hand to speak to visitors about angling, community gardening, bicycles, tree planting and more.

JD & The Woodsmen performed live at the event at Bishop Auckland Rugby Club while taster sessions were on offer with River Wear Tai Chi School.

The event was organised by environmental charity Wear Rivers Trust, who work from the top of the river catchment at Killhope down to Sunderland. The team have built up knowledge of the catchment after working on projects over the years.

The charity also works to teach children about the environment and the river.

Recycling and re-using bicycles

Alastair from Northern Bike Shed in Darlington tells us about recycling bikes and gives us some tips on choosing a bicycle for getting around town.

Protecting and enhancing nature in Durham

With many challenges facing nature and biodiversity Durham Wildlife Trust works to protect and enhance nature, including at its nature reserves in County Durham.

Working with landowners to plant trees and hedgerows

Lloyd from North East Community Forest explains the importance of tree planting, how to choose the correct trees to plant and creating the right conditions for trees to thrive.

Creating a woodland farm through tree planting

We speak to Terry, a trustee of Wear Rivers Trust, about biodiversity, the countryside and planting trees at Riverfest 2024.

Promoting wellbeing in County Durham

Wellbeing for Life supports the community with healthy eating, mental resilience and more.

East Durham College at Riverfest

We find out how East Durham College works with students and Wear Rivers Trust.