Cross Lane Meadows is the large area of wildflower meadows next to the A1 opposite the MetroCentre. Formerly arable farming fields this site is now protected for its wildlife and landscape value.
In spring Cross Lane Meadows has one of the north east’s most spectacular display of cowslips. In summer flowers like ox-eye daisy take over and the meadow is alive with insects and butterflies feeding on all the nectar. For such an urban site it is amazing to hear skylarks singing high above the site in summer and kestrels hovering in search of prey.
To the west of the Meadows is Station Wood – so called because it was next to the now demolished old Swallwell Fire Station. Works have been carried out to create a new entrance point to Cross Lane Meadows across the site of the old Fire Station.
The site is owned by the Council but managed on a 30 year lease by Durham Wildlife Trust.
For more information visit the Cross Lane Meadows page on the Durham Wildlife Trust website.