A letter from the Chairman (page 2) – Introduction to the edition by the North Pennines AONB Partnership Chairman, Cllr Richard Turner.
North Pennines wins £109,500 for heritage trainees (page 3) – new four-year Heritage Landscape Skills project set to give six apprentices a head start.
… other ways into walling (page 3) – Looks at several ways into walling as a career.
New look for Partnership (page 4) – New open seats elected to the North Pennines AONB Partnership.
Archaeology project’s great start (page 4) – Launch of the Altogether Archaeology Project.
Icons viewed (page 4) – Visit by the Chair of English Heritage – Baroness Andrews.
We love North Pennines food… (page 5) – New Love Food project in the North Pennine Dales.
… and stories! (page 5) – ‘Doon the Waggonway’ storytelling event in Blanchland.
… and beer… (page 5) – Special limited edition ‘Old Sphagnum’ beer brewed to mark the International Union for Conservation of Nature UK’s Peatlands Conference, hosted by the AONB Partnership.
AONB Partnership’s grants are the business! (page 6) – Highlights some of the projects supported by the AONB Partnership’s Sustainable Development Fund and Small Grants Fund.
Green is for ‘go’ in tourism (page 6) – A look at VisitEngland’s Green Start initiative for tourism businesses.
Poet ‘verses’ the elements (page 7) – Simon Armitage visits the North Pennines on his Pennine Way National Trail trip.
Pupils put climate to the test (page 7) – Report on the Changing Environments and Landscape Lab (CELL) project.
Something to buzz about! (page 8) – Teesdale bumblebee survey in partnership with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
A bumper year for hay time (page 8) – Record breaking year for the AONB Partnership’s Hay Time project.
Blooming marvellous – that’s volunteers’ hard work (page 9) – Local volunteers give hay meadow plants a helping hand.
Bus trip back in time (page 9) – Magical History Tour organised by the AONB Partnership in Blanchland.
All aboard for lessons in North Pennines’ past (page 10 & 11) – Children from nine schools across the North Pennines take a train through time to Roman Britain at Whitley Castle.
Steaming ahead (page 10) – Extension to the South Tynedale Railway.
Railway children right on track (page 10) – Fantastic ‘Tracktile’ mural project between the AONB partnership, Nenthead & Alston Primary Schools and the South Tynedale Railway Preservation Society.
Woodlands cast their spell again (page 11) – Woodland Magic and Mystery activity day at Bowlees.
Great response for wildlife surveys (page 12) – Results from the AONB Partnership’s cuckoo and violet oil beetle surveys.
River pollution: a balancing act (page 12) – Looks at a joint project between the AONB partnership and the Environment Agency to look at the impacts of clearing up mine metal pollution in the Nent and the West Allen rivers.
We make it easy so you can take it easy! (page 13) – Highlights easier access at Derwent Reservoir, High/Low Force and the Pennine Way; and Blanchland thanks to the AONB Partnership’s Living North Pennines project.
Lichens: the winter wonders (page 14 & 15) – Mike Sutcliffe brings the wonderful world of lichens alive.
Follow the Slitt Wood Geotrail… (page 16) – New booklet, produced by the AONB partnership, set to help people explore the geology and mining heritage along the Middlehope Burn from Westgate in Weardale.
… and uncover a mine of information (page 16) – Highlights a conservation project by Natural England and English Heritage at Low Slitt Mine near Westgate.
Magnificent Middlehope (page 17) – Ian Forbes recalls the time when the tiny lead mine of Middlehope Shield astonished mineral collectors around the globe.
‘Three Steps to hay Time’ a great success (page 18) – More than 200 children from seven North Pennines schools took part in this educational programme.
Sward play (page 18) – New ‘Hay Play’ telling the story of the AONB’s hay meadows and the people who farmed them.
School of Rock! (page 18) – Eight-week geological course based in Allendale in spring 2011.
When people burned cats to keep warm (page 19) – Ian Forbes provides a fascinating historical insight into an unusual North Pennine fuel.
Art journey continues (page 19) – Exciting and innovative artistic collaboration attracts attention.
Another great year for Northern Rocks (page 20) – Report on the seventh Northern Rocks Festival.
News in Brief (page 20) – Friends of the North Pennines; What’s up at Murton?; Business boost in Weardale; and It’s a wrap!
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