Welcome to the early summer update from the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership. In this edition you can find out lots of different ways to get involved with our projects and see what we’re doing.
Watch Upper Nidderdale on Film
We have been working with local filmmaker Paul Harris to record Upper Nidderdale’s beautiful landscape and how the people involved with the Landscape Partnership are helping to look after it. Combining evocative images of the dale through the seasons with film of farmers, students, volunteers and heritage professionals at work, it’s a great way to discover new aspects of Upper Nidderdale that you might not previously have known about. Watch the film via the About Us pages of the Landscape Partnership website.
Photo: courtesy of Paul Harris
Find Out the Real Stories Behind Farming in Upper Nidderdale
And why not check out our farming blog, written by Frances, a young woman who farms with her family in Upper Nidderdale. The fortnightly blog provides an insight into life as a hill farmer throughout the seasons, the toils and struggles of coping with the weather and the satisfaction when jobs are finished well and new-born lambs are flourishing, nourished from milk produced from fresh grass in spring. Frances’ stories show life as it really is for a hill farmer and help us understand how and why hill farmers do what they do. Written from a young person’s perspective, this showcases a different way of life in 21st century Britain.
Big Dig 2016 – The Lost Village of Lodge
Up above Scar House reservoir lie the ruins of a small hamlet. This is Lodge, a small settlement that was abandoned in the 1920s, but with its origins stretching back to the Medieval as a grange farm linked to Byland Abbey.
For two weeks in July we have a fantastic opportunity to investigate one of the buildings and its associated garden to see if we can gather more clues to the life of the settlement and the people that lived there, and hopefully find some evidence of its Medieval past. So, if you have ever fancied taking part in an archaeological excavation, or wish to hone your excavation skills – then come and join the team!
The excavation takes place on Tuesday 12 to Saturday 16 and Tuesday 19 to Saturday 23 and is open to adults and young people over the age of 12 (12 to 18 year olds must be accompanied by an adult). Full on-site training will be provided with some introductory sessions ahead of the Big Dig. Booking is essential – see the Big Dig pageson the website for details.
If you want to find out how the excavations are progressing, then come along to our Open Day on Saturday 16 July, 11am to 3pm (please park at Scar and walk across to the excavations).
Volunteers wanted to record the standing remains of Lodge village
Ahead of the excavations in July, we are carrying out a survey of the area to record the extent of the surviving remains.
When? Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th June. Join us for one or both days.
We want to help everyone both young and old to enjoy the historic beauty of the area. We are celebrating our first completed Flagship Heritage Project at Fishpond Wood in Bewerley by hosting a Family Fun Day on Saturday 11 June 2016 between 11am and 2pm.
Come along with family and friends to see the completed icehouse and its cave spiders, enjoy a stroll around the renovated fishpond or take a moment to observe the sights and sounds of the beautiful woodland, and discover what else is there. Activities will include den building, mini-beast hunts, pond dipping, archaeology dig box discovery, wildlife trails, nature crafts and more, all for FREE!
Please park in Pateley Bridge and enjoy the short walk through Bewerley to the entrance next to Peat Lane (see details and map).
Other events to look out for over the next few months include:
Wednesday 15 June – Heritage Skills Dry Stone Walling Taster Day
Wednesday 20 July – Gouthwaite Farm evening Heritage Walk
Our new Upper Nidderdale Ranger has been out and about surveying the many public rights of way across Upper Nidderdale. He is already working with Peter Brambleby at Fishpond Wood where they have identified routes that will benefit from surface repairs and improved drainage. Elsewhere he’ll be talking to landowners and farmers about opportunities to enhance access through improving gates and stiles and carrying out surface repairs on the dale’s footpaths and bridleways. Through this work, we aim to create eight new themed walking routes.
Post Your Photo of the Month
You can also join in with your memories of Upper Nidderdale by posting your photos of the dale on our Photo of the Month page. We’re collecting images for our gallery, with the best one each month chosen to go onto the front page of the website. So whether you like capturing views of the landscape, have photographed one of the dale’s wading birds or the flowers in a hay meadow – or just have a quirky snap of your friends and family out enjoying Upper Nidderdale, we’d love you to share your images with us.
About the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership
The Landscape Partnership is a £1.8 million scheme for Upper Nidderdale, funded mainly through the Heritage Lottery Fund. Launched in summer 2014, it will run through to July 2018 with two main aims:
to conserve and enhance Upper Nidderdale’s wildlife habitats and historic environment;
to enable people to find out, enjoy and get involved in looking after this fantastic heritage.
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