Share you stories to keep traditions alive
THE NORTH Pennines AONB Partnership is looking for stories and memorabilia from people who have worked on the fells, in a bid to capture the history of moorland management.
Heritage Lottery Fund grant
Thanks to a grant of £9,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the AONB Partnership will be undertaking a project, called Peatland People, to document the methods of managing the land and how it has changed over the years.
No official record has been made about the workers who have played a part in managing the landscape of the North Pennines and Alistair Lockett, Field Officer with the AONB Partnership, said he hopes this project will keep important information about moorland practices from being lost forever.
Shaping this diverse landscape
He said: “We’d like to speak to a range of people who have all played their part in shaping this diverse landscape. I’m hoping a range of people will come forward to share their memories with us, including farmers, conservationists, gamekeepers and landowners.”
People who have been involved in moorland management, or have families who have a strong link to the landscape of the North Pennines, are being encouraged to visit one of the three special drop-in sessions that have been arranged by the AONB Partnership.
Exhibition of memories
Alistair said: “Once all the information has been collected, we plan to bring it together and showcase it in an exhibition that will be held at Bowlees Visitor Centre in Teesdale.
“Through Peatland People we want to celebrate this incredibly important landscape and learn about how generations of workers have brought it about. The special qualities of peatlands have important environmental benefits, for people and for wildlife. It’s a landscape people often take for granted but in reality it takes a huge amount of time and effort to conserve and enhance it.”
Ivor Crowther, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund North East, said: “The beautiful natural heritage of the North Pennines is very well-known but the people who live and work to keep the area and its wildlife are often overlooked. Thanks to the National Lottery players we’re delighted to support this project to capture their memories and ensure contributions become an important part of the North Pennines story.”
Call Alistair on 01388 528801 for more information on how you can help.
Released: 28 October 2015