The North Pennines AONB Partnership and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority are working with partner organisations to develop a major natural heritage project that focuses on the landscape and communities of Upper Teesdale and Upper Swaledale.
Tees-Swale: naturally connected was inspired by the report ‘Making Space for Nature’ and aims to restore, expand and connect habitats across the uplands of Teesdale and Swaledale, enhancing wildlife and delivering multiple public benefits. In partnership with farmers, landowners and conservation agencies, we will support and increase the skills needed to sustain the High Nature Value farming systems that work well in upland areas. We will be working across an area of Teesdale in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park which covers 829 km2.
The project will:
- enable farmers to share knowledge and their land management skills;
- work to improve and restore habitats for the benefit of wildlife and to allow farms to work as a whole system;
- sustain our valuable low intensity farming systems, which benefit wildlife, the environment and people;
- connect visitors with the way the landscape is managed and why this is important to them, through interpretation, activities and improvements to rights of way;
- build skills through traineeships and volunteering;
- develop on-farm activities and a programme of temporary landscape art; and
- build resilience in the farming communities for a strong future workforce.
The project is in an 16-month development phase, and we anticipate that delivery of the full five-year project will begin in autumn 2020. The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, thanks to National Lottery players.
Rebecca Barrett, Project Manager
Alex Kaars Sijpesteijn – Access and Engagement Officer
We have a public Facebook group where we plan to share information and discuss the project https://www.facebook.com/groups/teesswale and you can keep up to date on our social media channels using the hashtag #teesswale.