A letter from the Chairman (page 2) – Introduction to the edition by the Chairman, Cllr Richard Turner.
‘Altogether’ an exciting project (page 3) – Readers can find out about the launch of an exciting community archaeology project in which volunteers are invited to help uncover the hidden secrets of the North Pennines.
Pastures new for Ian (page 4) – Ian Forbes, the man who turned an abandoned lead mine into a multi-award winning visitor attraction, retires after 25 years at Killhope, the North of England Lead Mining Museum.
A burning issue (page 4) – Visitors to the North Pennines are reminded to keep an eye out for wildfires as they enjoy the great outdoors this summer.
Tell us your quarrying memories (page 5) – A new AONB Partnership project to collect the memories and stories of the people who worked in the area’s many quarries.
Constructive advice (page 5) – Consultation begins on two new documents aimed at conserving the special character of the area – a Building Design Guide and Planning Guidelines.
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: Wild and free on the new Packhorse Trails; Artists create the AONB in sound and vision; Photo finish for Alston project; Legacies on the landscape – four historic buildings being conserved; Woodland planting branches out; The spring gentian – the tiny flower with a big reputation.
There’s no business like show business (pages 10 and 11) – A look at the thrills and spills of the AONB’s agricultural shows taking place throughout the summer.
What’s the buzz? (page 12) – How important are our hay meadows to the humble bumblebee? Here’s how you can help us find out!
Making things right for the twite (page 13) – The AONB Partnership is looking at ways to coax this lovely little finch back to the hay meadows of the North Pennines.
Hay Time history (page 13) – Visitors to the ‘Hay, What’s all the Fuss?’ exhibition on June 19 and 20 can discover the history, the plants and the wildlife of the traditional hay meadow.
Mini-market gives food for thought (page 14) – A training day for people in the tourism business brings together local food producers.
Lapwing project final lap (page 14) – a report from the RSPB in the final year of the North Pennines Lapwing Recovery Project.
A way with walling (page 14) – Dry stone walling taster days where trainees can ‘have a go’ on a real piece of wall!
A funny way to make a living (page 15) – Parasites have had a bad press, argues Conservation Officer Andy Lees, and he wants readers to help work out how two are getting on in the North Pennines: the cuckoo and the violet oil beetle.
For those in peril: building saved by chapels charity (page 16) – Peep behind the doors of Westgate Chapel, and see an amazing Victorian interior which will once again play a role in the local community.
Sterling service from museum celebrating 25 years (page 17) –Another ‘little gem’ hidden away for visitors to discover! Weardale Museum is run entirely by volunteers but they pride themselves on their professional approach.
Rock Detectives rocking on! (page 18) – There’s lots of fun to be had at the AONB Partnership’s geology clubs for six to 12-year-olds – and membership is just £1. Find out what the children get up to at the many events taking place around the AONB.
Seventh year for festival (page 18) – Northern Rocks – the North Pennines Festival of Geology and Landscape – kicks off on May 22 for two weeks. And there may still be places on some events!
North Pennines retains Geopark status (page 19) – The North Pennines had the ‘thumbs up’ to keep its UNESCO European Geopark status after its recent rigorous four-yearly assessment.
Blanchland walk (page 19) A new walking trail leaflet will help visitors discover the geology and landscape around one of the prettiest villages in the North Pennines.
Action set in stone (page 19) The AONB Partnership’s Geodiversity Action Plan 2010 – 2015 is for anyone interested in conserving and celebrating the North Pennines’ rich variety of rocks, fossils, minerals and landforms.
Community shop is open for business (page 20) – Villagers in Allenheads are celebrating the opening of their new shop.
News in Brief (page 20) – ‘Make Do and Mend’ show; New play will tour next summer; Farmers for the Future.
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