Since the project started a lot of work has been carried out. 

We have improved pathways, built a bird hide, and installed some new carved seating by the existing story telling chair. We have organised lots of events and activities and developed a number of self-guided trails.

The bird hide is located close to Prebends Bridge, on the inner bank. It’s a great place to watch some of our woodland birds at close quarters as they visit the regularly stocked feeders. The hide was built from ‘hurdles’ that were constructed on site. Below the bird hide, between the Count's House and the Boathouses, approximately 600 metres of path surface have been improved with new tarmac.

Pupils from Gilesgate Primary School have also worked with local wood sculptor, David Gross to design and create three sculpted, wooden benches. The benches, which reflect the wildlife and stories of the woodlands and riverbanks, are located in front of the existing ‘storyteller’s chair, just north of Prebends’ Bridge on the inner bank.

Over 1900 people took part in a wide range of events and activities in the woodlands and riverbanks during 2012 including an annual celebration day. Others events include storytelling, wildlife craft days, bird and bat box building, activity days for families, health walks and guided walks on a variety of topics, including birds, fungi, and the history of Durham City.