Discover Brightwater

The Discover Brightwater Landscape Project is a National Lottery Heritage Fund supported project that aims to reveal, restore and celebrate the heritage of the Brightwater area. This includes its built, natural and cultural heritage. The project will run from the beginning of 2018 to the end of 2021, by which time almost £3m will have been invested in our heritage.

To view issue one of the Discover Brightwater magazine, click on the image below:

Update – 23/11/2018.

The Delivery Phase of the Discover Brightwater project is underway, staff are in place and are raring to go!

The Brightwater website will feature any news and updates whilst the new website is being made.

In the meantime, if you wish to put forward your name to participate or volunteer with the project, contact the Brightwater team via 

Thank you for your interest and here’s to an exciting four years!


*****Invitation to Tender for Contract – Great North Fen******

Discover Brightwater is currently funded to deliver a minimum of approximately 43 ha of restored or created wetland habitat and habitat improvements to 9.5 km of the River Skerne. We are also charged with establishing the Great North Fen as a legacy project. The Great North Fen will be a patchwork of approximately 400 ha of connected restored in-river, ponds, fens and carrs habitats surrounding the River Skerne. With support from Partnership members, environmental leaders within the North East region and with a range of potential funding streams being developed the Great North Fen concept is gaining considerable momentum. This tender seeks a key delivery partner with the necessary skills, vision and experience to help us to design and deliver the Great North Fen with considerable scope for further work for the successful bidder as the project enfolds.
River Restoration and Wetland Creation – Phase 1
Phase 1 – Feasibility, Design, Planning and Scoping for a range of projects in the Brightwater area around the River Skerne in County Durham
Phase 2 – Ongoing project management and consultancy support to appoint appropriate construction and delivery contractors and to oversee the delivery of the projects

For more information follow the link below or contact Paul Black…/1PZPqh5ml5e2bYmkRKuyL_GRBSLoOCDo…


***** INVITATION TO TENDER – Sculpture Trail in Hardwick Park ******

Together with Groundwork NE & Cumbria and Durham Wildlife Trust on behalf of Hardwick Park we are seeking to appoint a contractor or consortium to deliver a Sculpture Trail in Hardwick Park.

We would like to commission a mixture of carved wooden sculptures. These will be designed to form a sculpture trail for the park and will comprise of:

  • 3 individual sculptures of wetland birds/animals
  • 1 carved totem pole
  • 1 carved, themed seat
  • 1 carved, themed archway

For full information please follow the link

***Invitation To Tender*** – Enabling access works for Bishops Fen

Durham Wildlife Trust, the lead partner for National Lottery Heritage Fund project Discover Brightwater, in south west County Durham, is seeking a contractor to work with the partnership to deliver some enabling access works involving the creation of tracks suitable to carry construction plant.

The successful applicant will be expected to demonstrate substantial expertise in delivering similar work. Two site and client references of similar projects should be provided to the Trust as part of this application.

Tenders need to be returned from suitably qualified and experienced contractors by no later than 12 noon on Monday 17th February 2020 . Work will need to be carried out during early to mid-March 2020.

This work will enable us to proceed to create our new Bishops Fen Wetland Nature Reserve due to be completed later this year.

The details of the tender can be found here