Tyneside and Wearside have some of the lowest levels of woodland in the country.
There's now a plan to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds to plant thousands of trees at a site near Beamish.
The area is already home to a small forest- with hopes it will soon be growing in size.
Ross has been to find out more.
Celebrations have been taking place in County Durham to honour 100 years of the Women's Institute.Read the full story ›
The 'Gallopers', which are made of pitch pine, are being stripped back to wood, repaired and repainted in a early 1900s style.Read the full story ›
An exact replica of a 1870s steam engine has been lovingly built after it's 79-year-old engineer spent 5,000 hours building it.Read the full story ›
The region's most popular museum, Beamish, has just opened something brand new... but still very old.
A new photography shop and chemists were opened at Beamish Museum, based on old shops on Elvet Bridge in Durham a hundred years ago.
See them here in Frances Read's report:
Beamish Museum is hoping to create 95 new jobs and 50 new apprenticeships.
The 17-million-pound plan includes re-creating miners' cottages in its 1950s village and building an 1820s Coaching Inn where visitors can stay overnight.
The idea will go before Durham County Council.
It is for the Remaking Beamish project, with plans to build a 1950s Town and a Georgian coaching inn where visitors can stay overnight.Read the full story ›
The County Durham museum will appear in the last ever episode of Downton on Christmas Day.Read the full story ›
Virtual visitors from around the world can explore the North East’s most popular museum since Beamish has been added to Google Street View.
Beamish brings the region’s past to life - but the latest 21st century technology has been used to capture 360? panoramic images of the County Durham open air museum.
The Google Street View car and a trekker, carrying a special backpack camera, toured the period areas including 1820s Pockerley Old Hall and Waggonway, 1900s Town, Fairground, 1900s Pit Village and 1940s Farm.
The work was part of Street View’s Special Collects Programme, which provides panoramic imagery of unique locations across the world including museums, heritage monuments and national parks.
Among the famous landmarks and world heritage sites captured for the project are the Taj Mahal in India, the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
The trekker device records places that vehicles cannot reach and was first used to capture the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
The Beamish Street View images can be found here
A WW1 "Battle Bus" and a 1918-built steam navvy are joining steam locomotives at Beamish Museum's Great North Steam Fair this weekend.Read the full story ›