Trust honours ‘the swan lady’

Linda Charlton, known locally as the ‘swan lady’, passed away last year and Durham Wildlife Trust (DWT) would like to recognise the support she gave to the Trust.

Linda’s bench surrounded by swans in Riverside Park. Photo taken by Billy Atkinson.

Linda was passionate about the welfare of swans and was recognised by the RSPCA on their 2018 honours list for outstanding contribution and tireless services to wildlife.

Linda was a major point of contact for staff and volunteers at Durham Wildlife Trust and was often called upon for assistance if there were injured swans on the Trust’s reserves.

Jim Cokill, Director at Durham Wildlife Trust, said: “We were all saddened to hear about the death of Linda last year and its fantastic that her work for wildlife has been honoured by Durham County Council and others with a special memorial bench at the Riverside Park in Chester-le-Street. It is a fitting tribute.’’