A letter from the Chairman (page 2) – Introduction to the edition by the new Chairman , Cllr Richard Turner.
Don’t LAG behind taking new LEADER opportunities (page 3) – Exciting new funding to support ideas from communities and business to strengthen the rural economy and sense of belonging in the North Pennines.
Putting the ‘Fizz’ into ‘Geophys’! (page 4) – Update on archaeological projects in the the AONB.
Plan will show the way ahead (page 5) – Highlights progress made on the production of the new Management Plan for the AONB (covering the period 2009-14).
Miners’ bravery remembered a hundred years on (page 5) – A monument commemorating a pit disaster that killed three men and closed a mine has been given a facelift one hundred years on, thanks in part to funding from the North Pennines AONB partnership.
A lot has been done – and still lots to come! (pages 6-9) – Series of articles looking at the first year of the AONB Partnership’s Living North Pennines project, funded by the HLF. Articles include: New leaflets tell walkers of Blanchland’s past; Alston kids go ‘Eco’ with art; Magical year at Middleton; Your North Pennines Stories; ‘Champion’ new travel scheme; LEAP kicks off; Tree-mendous start for woodlands programme; and Focus on water voles.
Spotlight on Education (pages 10 & 11) – Four articles on an education theme: From Alston to Osnabruck! – pupils and teachers from Samuel King’s School in Alston headed off to a European Geopark Youth Camp in Germany over the summer, thanks to a project organised through the AONB Partnership; Allenheads on Strike! – STRIKE!, a riotous promenade performance by Weardale-based media arts company Twisted Digits took Allendale Middle School on a journey back to the heyday of North Pennine lead mining; ‘Oresome’ art workshop – highlights a three-day art workshop at Killhope Museum; Heritage Trust looks to the future – the North Pennines Heritage Trust’s Education Service takes stock.
Help for birds on the farm… and down in the woods (page 12) – Updates on two projects run by the RSPB: the Farmland Bird Initiative and the Lapwing Recovery Project and a ‘heads-up’ for a new grant scheme aimed at helping declining woodland bird species in the North East.
Hay – the old-fashioned way (page 13) – Reporting on a collaboration between Beamish Museum and the Henderson family at Carrs Farm Wolsingham to bring a team of working horses out to a traditionally managed upland hay meadow to make hay the old-fashioned way.
Sweet smell of success at hay time history event (page 13) – St John’s Chapel was sweet with the smell of hay in June, as the venue for an exhibition celebrating hay meadows and their history.
Fifth geology festival really rocked (page 14) – Reviews the 2008 Northern Rocks Festival, being the fifth North Pennines festival of geology and landscape.
Future looks bright for eyebright (page 15) – Some highlights from the 2008 hay meadow survey in the North Pennines.
Traces from the past (page 15) – Local geologist Brian Young discusses trace fossils in the North Pennines.
No stone unturned in achieving walling dreams (page 16) – The story of Neil Harkness as he embarks on a career as a dry stone waller.
Blocked drains are great news! (page 16) – Update on progress made restoring our peatlands by the AONB Partnership’s Peatscapes project.
Landscapes of Inspiration (page 17) – Feature on a new art holiday venture, Pennine Painting, based in the North Pennine village of Garrigill.
New publications (page 18) – Two new publications: Issac’s Strange Gift – booklet giving insight into one of the great characters of the North Pennines; and Collecting Stones – inspired writings from a diverse good of people, based around Harehope Quarry, Frosterley.
Searching for Gold (page 18) – Introducing a project in Weardale called Semi Precious: Weardale’s Industrial Migration Stories.
Sam prefers ‘ruff’ terrain (page 19) – Highlights the work of the voluntary Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team in the North Pennines.
North Pennines are tops for Tranquillity (page 19) – Durham and the North Pennines are top destinations for seekers of peace and tranquillity, according to research by CPRE.
New whisky raises its glass to black grouse (page 20) – Partnership between RSPB and the Famous Grouse whisky to support the conservation of this iconic North Pennines bird.
News in Brief (page 20) – Planning for Wildlife; Geology and landscape evening classes; top aware for museum; and Helen joins the Durham biodiversity team.
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