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Welcome to the first newsletter from the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership. This edition gives an introduction to the scheme and provides an overview of our different conservation, access and training projects.

Upper NidderdaleAn exciting new scheme for Upper Nidderdale
The Landscape Partnership is a new £1.8 million scheme for Upper Nidderdale, launched this summer and running to July 2018. Its two main aims are to conserve and enhance Upper Nidderdale’s wildlife habitats and historic environment; and to enable people to find out about, enjoy and get involved in looking after this fantastic heritage.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is the majority funder for the scheme. Following a rigorous application process, HLF is providing £1.2 million of funding. This is complemented by a further £600,000 of funds from a variety of sources linked to individual projects.

Photo: View towards Upper Nidderdale courtesy of Janina Holubecki

HLF LogoAbout Landscape Partnerships
Landscape Partnerships are one of Heritage Lottery Fund’s major programmes and aim to “conserve areas of distinct landscape character” across the UK. This means identifying an area’s special qualities – the things that make it different and give it a sense of place – as well as the issues facing that place, then setting out a suite of projects that will help address these challenges.

CurlewProject Themes
We have a huge range of projects that we will be carrying out over the four years of the scheme. These are spread over five themes that reflect the interests and priorities of all the people and organisations involved in the scheme’s development, as well as fitting with the Heritage Lottery Fund's requirements:

Historic Nidderdale – conserving ‘flagship’ heritage sites, recording the area’s archaeology and researching Upper Nidderdale’s cultural heritage
Wildlife & Farming – working with farmers and landowners to enhance habitats for wildlife and support sustainable upland hill farming in the dale
Discovery & Learning – education and events to help people understand the Upper Nidderdale landscape, through school workshops, art projects and events
Visit Nidderdale – information at key sites and online to explain the area’s natural and built history to enhance people’s experience when they visit
Our Rural Future – training in countryside management and heritage skills and supporting tourism businesses to help them make the most of the heritage landscape

Photo: Curlew
Prosperous Smelt MillPlans for the first year
Some of the highlights for the first year of the scheme will include:
  • restoring the ice house at Fishpond Wood near Bewerley, a hidden gem in this beautiful woodland
  • consolidating the remains of the smelt mill adjacent to the Nidderdale Way at the nationally significant Prosperous Lead Mines site in the Ashfoldside valley
  • beginning a landscape-scale survey of the dale’s archaeology
  • working with farmers and landowners to enhance wildflower meadows and improve habitat for wading birds such as curlew and lapwing
  • and bringing people together through a community arts project celebrating hay meadows.
Photo: Prosperous Smelt Mill & Lead Mines

Projects happening now
Several projects are already well underway. At Gouthwaite Reservoir, a new artificial sand martin nesting bank has been built to provide valuable nesting habitat for this important species.

On Greenhow Hill, work is in progress to repair a tumbledown dry stone wall through a training programme for offenders on the Community Payback scheme.

Connections are being made between community groups in Leeds and Upper Nidderdale to improve links between city and country, to help a wider range of people enjoy and benefit from the area.

And seven students are now more than two months into their one year rural skills training course, which is training them in skills for the workplace through a series of placements with local businesses.

Photo: Gouthwaite Reservoir courtesy of Robert Clay
Getting Involved
As different projects get going, there will be a variety of opportunities to get involved.

You could come on a guided walk, attend a heritage skills training event or volunteer to help with one of the projects, whether practical conservation work, surveying or historical research.

Currently NiddFest are looking for a volunteer Assistant Curator to help organise and run the 2015 nature-writing literary festival.

We will be putting details of all these events and volunteering opportunities on our Facebook page and the Landscape Partnership website (more pages and information coming early 2015!).

Photo: Volunteers carrying out lime mortar repairs
Partnership Who’s Who
Projects are delivered by a combination of a core Landscape Partnership team and partner organisations, with the scheme overseen by a Partnership Board.

The core team is based within the AONB Unit in Pateley Bridge. Iain Mann is the Scheme Manager, Louise Brown and Sally Wilson job-share the Historic Nidderdale Project Officer role and Tara Challoner is starting at the beginning of December as Farming & Wildlife Project Officer. The team is supported by the Landscape Partnership Administrator, Mary Jones.
Get in touch:
Nidderdale AONB, The Old Workhouse, King Street, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, HG3 5LE
T: 01423 712950

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