A letter from the Chairman (page 2) – Introduction to the edition by the Chairman , Cllr Richard Turner.
‘Flying doctors’ come to the rescue of rare flowers (page 3) – Hundreds of tons of stone have been airlifted to one of the most popular stretches of the Pennine Way to protect rare wild flowers from the tread of unwitting walkers.
Seeds of change: ‘New’ plants discovered on Cross Fell (page 4) – Botanists have had some exciting finds in an area they didn’t expect.
Hooray for hay! £270,000 for North Pennines meadows (page 5) – Work on the Partnership’s Hay Time project will expand thanks to funding from three organisations.
Hay Time set to hit the road (page 5) – Community Officer Neil Diment will be inviting communities to get involved in the AONB Partnership’s Hay Time project.
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: Ales and Tales night had a happy ending; Now here’s YOUR chance to get involved; On the trail of the Hartside packhorse routes; Riverbank work creates ‘des-res’ for water voles; Travel grants are just champion for schools; Woodlands with a natural touch.
Northern Rocks Festival – now we are six! (page 10) – Previews the exciting and varied events taking place over the festival which runs from May 23 to 7 June.
New Pocket Guide a ‘must have’ for AONB visitors (page 10) – The North Pennines AONB Partnership’s new Pocket Guide is out now, packed with information for visitors and locals alike!
Diamonds in the landscape (page 11) – It is 60 years since the National Parks and Access to Countryside Act 1949 was passed. Retired editor of Farmers Weekly, Ted Fellows, explains how (and why) the AONBs and National Parks were created.
Tourism networkers go green (page 12) – Reporting on the first ever meeting of members of the North Pennines Green Tourism Network, for businesses which go the ‘extra mile’ to demonstrate to their visitors that they care about the environment. Also on this page Right on track reports on Weardale Railway’s recent success.
What a Beauty! Beer marks 21 years of the AONB (page 13) – Allendale Brewery has come up with a thirst-quenching way of celebrating the North Pennines AONB’s silver anniversary! We also report on how other companies are using Allendale Brewery’s ales in Stout gives clout to Allendale bread and The Wolf is back.
Voyages and volunteers at Killhope Museum (page 14) – Highlights the ‘Routes & Riches’ exhibition which will be running throughout the summer at Killhope – The North of England Lead Mining Museum. Also on page 14, Supermodels make their debut appearance features the latest additions to the Eco-classroom at Harehope Quarry, Frosterley.
Schools’ minerals project goes according to plan (page 15) – Weardale children have been finding out what’s involved in making a mineral planning application (and discovering that planners are often between a rock and a hard place!).
New publications (page 16) – The latest leaflets from the North Pennines AONB Partnership, including a leaflet on The Whin Sill, a self-guided trail leaflet for Derwent Reservoir and Pow Hill, and a plant ID guide, Selected Flowers, Grasses, Shrubs, Mosses and Lichens of the Moorlands.
Where is all our wildlife? Plugging the gaps in our knowledge (page 17)– Invites North Pennines News readers to report their sightings and building a better picture of wildlife in the AONB.
Second successful year for peatland restoration (page 18) – An update on the progress of the North Pennines AONB Partnership’s Peatscapes project, together with Ecosystems at your service, an explanation of how the ‘goods and services’ the natural environment provides for our needs are being evaluated.
Saving Low Slitt (page 19) – Work will be taking place over the summer to conserve the remains of the 19th century lead mine washing floor, a nationally important piece of industrial heritage.
When aurochs roamed the hills (page 20) – Mighty wild cattle more than two metres tall at the shoulder once inhabited the North Pennines – read their story here.
News in Brief (page 20) – Community archaeologists will delve into AONB’s past; Rowantree Stob bastle rescued from decay.
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