A two-day event to celebrate the 10th birthday of our Peatland Programme
The peatlands of the North Pennines will be celebrated at a two-day event at Bowlees Visitor Centre in Teesdale next month.
As a distinct part of this area for thousands of years, this often misunderstood landscape not only plays a huge part in the UK’s ecosystem, it also has been the foundation many people’s livelihoods and past times. From farmers to beekeepers, many have depended on this beautiful, and at times unforgiving, environment.
Marking ten years of restoration
To mark ten years of its Peatland Programme, the North Pennines AONB Partnership, will be curating two days of events and activities at their visitor centre just outside of Barnard Castle.
As well as a wide range of events for children, including pond-dipping, peatland games and bog-related arts and crafts, there are also trips from the centre to Upper Teesdale where there is an excellent example of healthy peatland – the type that the AONB Partnership is striving to maintain and restore.
‘Look closer to see true beauty’
Alistair Locket, Field Officer from the AONB Partnership, said: “At first glance they may not be as pretty as hay meadows but as you do with all the best things, you have to look a little closer to see its true beauty. Healthy peatlands play a huge part in maintaining water quality. Damaged peat releases CO2 into the atmosphere, which increases the effects of climate change. We are repairing the damage that has been done over the years. It’s a big job but we are making good progress.”
The weekend event will also have a working peatland restoration model, to show how the process works, and people can create their own ‘bog-in-a-box to take home with them. There will also be memories from people who have worked on peatlands in the North Pennines and photographs from the past 100 years.
‘Get your hands dirty’
Alistair said: “Peatlands have played a massive part in the lives of people that have lived and worked in the North Pennines and we’ve collected some great memories. We want to tell people about how important this type of landscape is, so there will be plenty of information. But we also want to make it fun and interesting so there’s going to be plenty of opportunities for people to get their hands dirty. Young and old!”
The event, which is free, will take place at Bowlees Visitor Centre on July 9 & 10 between 10am and 3pm. For more information on peatland restoration visit www.northpennines.org.uk
Released: 29 June 2016