The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership has been formed to work with local people, communities and interest groups to deliver landscape-related project work in the Westmorland Dales (Orton Fells) area of Cumbria.
In this edition
Dark Skies - Children work with local artists to celebrate dark skies and share thoughts and feelings through poetry, art and performance to create short film clips.
Landscape Forum - Our forum took place on 21st April at Orton and was a resounding success. More than 50 people attended.
Kirkby Stephen Grammar School - Working with post 16 students, we created an audio record of their thoughts and feelings about the landscape of the Westmorland Dales.
Mapping Your Valued Places - We are asking people to map the places they value within the area using a newly developed web-based tool.
Final Grant submission - Scheduled for submission in August 2018 for the delivery phase of the scheme which is expected to run from spring 2019 to spring 2023.
Children from the 4 main primary schools in the Westmorland Dales (Orton, Tebay, Crosby Ravensworth, and Great Asby) took part in an exciting art project with local artists Rob and Harriet Fraser (somewhere-nowhere.com).
The children were encouraged to explore and connect with the night-time winter landscape around their villages and share their creativity thoughts and feelings through poetry, art and performance to create a brief film clip. All of the film clips are now available to watch on our website.
The forum gave everyone the chance to find out about the area’s rich heritage and what preliminary studies have revealed. Morning talks, presentations and videos celebrated the stunning landscape, geology, archaeology, meadows, villages, drystone walls and other heritage features.
A circular walk around Orton after lunch with a range of experts in local history, vernacular buildings, geology and archaeology all contributed to a fascinating day. The walk finished at the archaeological test pit excavated by Yorkshire Dales National Park staff and Orton Primary School pupils the previous day.
The pit highlighted an interest in developing similar work in the future; it was a brilliant opportunity to get schools actively involved and dirty!
We will aim to repeat this type of event on an annual basis in the delivery phase, focusing on different villages and allowing more time for questions.
Thank you for all your positive comments!
Kirkby Stephen Grammar School
Working with post 16 students, we produced a video of their thoughts and feelings about the landscape of the Westmorland Dales; its limestone geology, traditional buildings and natural heritage and farmed landscape.
A phone was used to record their views. Their fabulous comments reflect well educated, conscientious and thoughtful young people interested in the future of the Westmorland Dales. You can listen to them at this link
Mapping Your Valued Places
We are asking you to map the places you value in the Westmorland Dales. It will take 5 to 10 minutes of your time depending on how many places you value for wildlife, views, access and heritage etc. This is a new way of engaging people in landscape conservation. To take part, click START link, add markers to an online map of the area, identifying the places that are important to you and why.
Final Grant submission
The final grant application to Heritage Lottery will be submitted in August 2018 for the delivery phase of the scheme which is expected to run from spring 2019 to spring 2023. We will be very busy over the next few months working on the final submission. However, please feel free to contact us and share your views and opinions or let us know if you or your community group would like to get involved.