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Whittle Dene CIC

A not-for-profit organisation caring for an area of ancient woodland near Ovingham, Northumberland, for the benefit of wildlife & community

Along the banks of Whittle Burn, where owls hoot and bluebells blossom, a magical glade and ancient wood awaits...

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About Whittle Dene CIC

We are a group of volunteers who love this place and are passionate about helping it to thrive, for the benefit of wildlife and community. The land we help to look after is at the southern tip of Whittle Dene, a special area of ancient woodland to the north of Ovingham, Northumberland.


As well as being home to unique flora, fauna and fungi, this area is part of an important nature corridor that stretches from the River Tyne in the south to Hadrian's Wall in the north. This nature corridor also includes land looked after by Woodland Trust and Northumberland Wildlife Trust. 

Whittle Dene is an important place for people as well as wildlife. A network of public footpaths provides access to the woodland from surrounding towns and villages. There are many beautiful places to rest and explore, on the banks of Whittle Burn and in the surrounding woodland. The CIC aims to offer educational activities, events, and opportunities for nature-connection in the future.

Read more about the History of Whittle Dene, or why  'Ancient Woodland in Northumberland' is special.

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Our Aims

Woodland & Wildlife

Protecting & Restoring the rare habitat

Partnering with Woodland Trust & Northumberland Wildlife Trust, we aim to protect and restore the woodland at the southern tip of this important nature corridor, and help the unique community of plants, animals and fungi to thrive.

Cabins & Cultural Heritage

Connecting people & place -
past, present & future

We aim to ensure the historic cabin site in the glade at Whittle Dene is retained and looked after, and that the Dene's rich cultural heritage is recognise and celebrated.

Community & Learning

Connecting People with Nature

We aim to look after this place with the wider community in mind by ensuring an accessible, safe and welcoming environment. In the longer term, our ambition is to deliver nature-connection events and activities in the Dene.

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Would you like to share stories and memories of the Dene, or do you have a question? We look forward to hearing from you.

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