NNTV worksites: Gibside

The Gibside estate was one of several in the region in the hands of the Bowes family. The extensive grounds were mainly laid out in the 18th century by George Bowes, using his fortune made in the local coal trade. Although the house is now only a shell (burned in the 1920s and later partly demolished) many smaller buildings survive around the estate.

View of Gibside estate in early 19th century
The house and estate in 1830

The main work of the volunteer group has been to help with the restoration of the grounds, which are gradually being opened up as a series of walks. Recent forestry work has seen a move away from coniferous plantations back to the style of landscapes laid out in the 18th century, and we have been involved in some of the thinning out and clearing work in the areas near footpaths. We have also cleared overgrown outbuildings and ponds and done some repair work on collapsed drystone walls.

Typical tasks
General estate work. Clearing scrub, bracken, saplings etc. Dry stone wall repairs.
Usual meeting point
This may change, so always check with the workday co-ordinator
Gibside is about 6 miles west of Gateshead, on the B6314 between Burnopfield and Rowlands Gill. There are two public car parks within the Gibside estate, up the drive from the entrance on the B6314; one or both may open.
Map for finding site
NT website description
National Trust webpage description
Tea shop on site; award-winning toilets.
Other information

NNTV Homepage | Contact info | Links | Page last updated: January 2004