Training the heritage custodians of the future
Throughout its four years, the Landscape Partnership Scheme has found and made opportunities to train local contractors and interested individuals in heritage conservation skills. These have ranged from lime mortar work on historic structures to skills in the monitoring of red squirrels and woodland birds.
We have also recruited volunteers to help us on many projects, from oral history recording and transcribing to path building and woodland bird monitoring.
There are still so many ways you can get involved, check the list below and follow the links if you are interested in learning new skills or sharing yours with the community:
Allen Valleys Enterprise Limited (AVEL) – a community benefit society set up to help secure a sustainable future for the projects coming out of the Allen Valleys Landscape Partnership. They are looking for a treasurer and new applications from new board members are always sought.
Allen Valleys Promotions (AVP) – bringing music and the opportunity to play music to the Allen Valleys. Their main focus is creating the rich and lively folk festival which takes place at the end of September/early October each year. Volunteer support is needed for the organising and running of the festival every year.
Deneholme Wood Volunteers – Deneholme woods is a green-space that runs through the heart of Allendale. The volunteer group has done work coppicing, path clearing and hedgelaying, bringing this neglected pleasure garden back to life. Volunteers meet regularly to carry out seasonal and targeted works in the woods, and to enjoy solstice celebrations.
Allen Valleys Local History Group – the group meets regularly to archive materials provided by local residents and libraries. They also run events and workshops on researching local history.
Website Support – the local history group and community website (allenvalleys.com) are always happy to receive support updating and uploading content
Visit Allen Valleys – a forum for sharing tourism initiatives in the Allen Valleys. If you have ideas, or are able to give advice, on how to grow the Allen Valleys as a sustainable tourism destination please come along to one of their regula meetings.
Allen Smelt Mill – The restoration of the historic lead smelt mill on the river in Allendale gives volunteers the opportunity to learn practical skills in restoration and maintenance of heritage buildings.
If you are interested in any of these volunteering opportunities, email Steven for more information.
Landscape and Heritage Conservation Traineeships
Between 2014 and 2018 the North Pennines AONB Partnership recruited five trainees. The trainees were based in Allendale, and supported the Allen Valleys Landscape Partnership Scheme. Working with professionals from the AONB Partnership and partner organisations, the trainees helped us to develop projects such as our Electric bike hire network, our Dark Skies Discovery work, woodland and river restoration, the Allen Valleys Folk Festival and in the final year helped to ensure the project had a sustainable legacy.
You can follow the adventures of our trainees through their blogs: