A letter from the Chairman (page 2) – Introduction to the edition by the Chairman , Cllr Richard Turner.
£500,000 award puts peat on climate change agenda (page 3)– Peatland restoration in the North Pennines has received a £500,000 boost from Biffaward, one of the leading landfill communities funding schemes.
Groundbreaking work by volunteers (page 4) – Volunteers have been helping to discover how much carbon is locked in to the AONB’s peatlands by finding out how deep it is.
AONB Partnership scoops award (page 4) – Deputy Director Peter Samsom accepts the award from the Durham Biodiversity Partnership.
Ensuring your drinking water is a clear winner (page 5) – Claire Lorenc of Northumbrian Water explains how water quality could be improved – and treatment costs could be saved – with peatland restoration.
Lights amnesty a really bright idea (page 5) – Swap your old Christmas lights for a brand new set of low energy LEDs at Hamsterley Forest on Saturday December 12.
Living North Pennines update (pages 6-9) – Series of articles looking at recent highlights of the AONB Partnership’s Living North Pennines project, funded by the HLF. Articles include: Youngsters take a LEAP into learning; Wood you believe it! Middleton School’s forestry award; All aboard for community music and film; Woodland Magic and Mystery day; In on the act – getting involved in community activities; Soays get crackin’ on the bracken; Hauling logs is a breeze for ‘Hurricane’ horse; Chapels tour is just the ticket.
Sixth Northern Rocks a great success (page 10) – Review of the exciting and varied events that took place over the Northern Rocks Festival of Geology and Landscape which ran from May 23 to 7 June.
Sounds like Killhope… (page 10) – Artist Jane Foale reports on a schools art project with a difference at Killhope, the North of England Lead Mining Museum.
Geology a piece of cake for North Pennines Champions (page 11) – More than 200 children have been cooking up their own ‘rock recipes’ at Bowlees Visitor Centre near Middleton-in-Teesdale.
Hexham children track down story in stone (page 11) – Children from Slaley School in Northumberland visited Ladycross Quarry and then walked down to Blanchland to see how the quarry’s stone has been used.
Alston Moor – new research on an ancient landscape (pages 12 and 13) – Stewart Ainsworth of English Heritage and the AONB Partnership’s Paul Frodsham look at how new technology is uncovering the secrets of the past.
Discover Whitley Castle (page 13) – A new self-guided trail leaflet produced by the AONB Partnership’s Community Interpretation Officer Abi Wylde and Historic Environment Officer Paul Frodsham takes visitors on a tour around this enigmatic Roman site on Alston Moor.
Meadow surveys (page 14) – A report on this summer’s surveying work by the Partnership’s Hay Time officers.
‘Mr Hayrake’ looks to establish Sites of Special Childhood Interest (page 14) – Lots of North Pennines children have been learning how hay meadows support many plants and animals on the AONB Partnership’s Hay Time Discovery Days.
A hundred years of running water (page 15) – The reservoir at Castle Carrock in Cumbria is 100 years old in 2009: local resident Paul Bassindale looks back on the amazing feat of engineering that created it.
A ‘bonny bit’ of fluorite (pages 16 and 17) – Geologist Brian Young takes a look at the brilliance and beauty of North Pennines ‘spar’.
Rocks of course! (page 17) – A report on the eight-week study programme on North Pennines geology held earlier in the year – and the chance to sign up for the course in 2010.
Slowly but surely for reservoir woodland scheme (page 18) – Stuart Pudney of Northumbrian Water reports on the work to introduce broadleaf woodland around Burnhope Reservoir in Upper Weardale.
Foundations of the landscape (page 18) – A new publication by Geodiversity Officer Elizabeth Pickett telling the story of North Pennines geology.
Another summer’s dig on Bollihope Common (page 19) – Rob Young and Jane Webster give an update on the findings at the archaeological site.
School points to a zero carbon future (page 20) – Whitfield School in Northumberland is using cutting-edge renewable technology to take it firmly into the 21st century.
News in Brief (page 20) – High Cup runneth over; Get creative with poetry workshop; Durham City of Culture.
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