To produce our access plan for this project we undertook an audit of physical and intellectual access for a range of audiences. This included a site visit with a group representing various disabilities. We also conducted visitor and resident surveys (the latter delivered through the Durham Times and on-line through University College Student Associations), conducted workshops with community groups and consulted Cathedral staff and representatives of existing user groups (canoe club, anglers, rowing clubs, naturalists groups, the Fulling Mill Archaeology Museum and residents in the study area).
Our plan contained a co-ordinated programme of activity including physical access improvements, new interpretation, education projects (with local schools and other institutions), volunteering projects, training programmes all integrated with woodland and riverbank management plans and delivered by a partnership of landowners, agencies, education establishments, businesses, existing voluntary groups and community groups. The application was successful.