Westmorland Dales Winter Newsletter
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Pictured: Kirkby Stephen Primary’s year 5 & 6 tree planting at Scandal Beck
 
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Welcome to our Winter Newsletter.

“As I write this the rain is pouring down and water is running off the fells. It’s a reminder that, with climate change a reality, tree planting is a key measure to mitigate its impacts. So over the last few months (winter is the time for tree planting) we and our partners have been out planting as part of the scheme, with apprentices, local groups, school children and volunteers.

"Volunteers are vital to the scheme and a number of our projects are just getting going and looking for further input.  We currently need help collecting oral histories of our Westmorland Dales commoners and with our Great Asby Scar Archaeological Survey.

With spring just around the corner we'll also be launching our new small grants scheme in February, running a litter pick in March and hosting our annual forum in April.”




          

David Evans - Scheme Manager

Contents

  • 'Love Your Landscape' Grant Scheme
  • Our Common Heritage VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
  • Date For Your Diary: Landscape Forum 2020
  • Tree Planting At Scandal Beck
  • 'A Way Through' Project Gets Underway
  • Planting Trees For The Future
  • Great Asby Scar Archaeological Survey – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
  • Surveying the Traditional Farm Buildings of the Westmorland Dales
  • The Great Cumbria Litter Pick
  • Nature's Calendar
  • Keeping Up To Date
  • Our 21 Scheme Projects

'Love Your Landscape' Grant Scheme

The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme, which has been funded by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, aims to engage people in revealing, conserving, enjoying and sustaining the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales.

One of the ways we will be doing this is by running a small grants scheme, Love Your Landscape, for local communities and organisations to deliver their own projects which help meet these aims. It will run from 2020- 2022.

More information about Grant Criteria, Application Process and Deadlines is available on our website at: www.thewestmorlanddales.org.uk

Anyone here at the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership team should be able to help you if you’re interested in applying so please do give us a ring on 01539 756620 or come to see us at our offices at Tebay.

This is just one of 21 projects being funded and run as part of the Westmorland Dales Scheme. More information is available at this link: Scheme Projects 

Keep up to date

Follow the latest project news on our website www.thewestmorlanddales.org.uk and, if you haven’t done so already, sign up to our newsletter for news and volunteering opportunities. This scheme would not be possible without the support of volunteers. You do not need any experience, just an interest in heritage, a love of the outdoors and enthusiasm.

Our Common Heritage
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!


This project, being led by Friends of the Lake District, will focus on the common land of the Westmorland Dales and its commoners. It will record the unique history of this type of land and farming, and culminate in a celebration to celebrate the area’s common land and commoners.


The number of active commoners is declining, and many of them are elderly and have no successors. There is less manpower to effectively manage the commons in terms of gathering and grazing. Time may be running out for some commons and it is important to capture their history and cultural heritage whilst we can.

We're looking for volunteers to help us to record oral histories of our commoners, conduct interviews and tell the story of the common land of the Westmorland Dales, its upland farming and its unique heritage.

More information about the 'Our Common Heritage' project is available on our website but if you are interested in becoming a volunteer then please do either email jan-darrall@fld.org uk or give us a call at our Tebay office on 01539 756620

This is just one of 21 projects being funded and run as part of the Westmorland Dales Scheme. More information is available at this link: Scheme Projects 

Date For Your Diary
Westmorland Dales Landscape Forum 2020

 
18th APRIL - Great Asby Village Hall
Anyone with an interest in the area is invited to attend the Westmorland Dales Landscape Forum on Saturday 18th April 2019 at Great Asby Village Hall. It’s an opportunity to find out more about the Westmorland Dales Scheme, its different projects and progress following a busy year pr projects and activities.

Booking will be essential so watch our website as further details are published.



Tree Planting at Scandal Beck

 
51 children, from Kirkby Stephen Primary’s year 5 & 6 classes, and 12 helpful adults spent a sunny winter’s day tree planting alongside Scandal Beck, upstream of Smardale Gill viaduct. The planting of these native trees is part of a wider programme of work to help improve the river habitats in the Westmorland Dales.



Riverside trees not only provide a home for a variety of creatures, they help reduce erosion by stabilising riverbanks and filtering out sediment from rainwater runoff. Fencing this strip of land (known as a ‘buffer strip’) provides protection for the trees and will enable the bankside plants to flourish.

As the trees grow bigger and the buffer strip becomes more established, the trees and vegetation will help to capture and slow down a little of the rainwater before it runs-off the land and into the river - an added benefit of more natural river corridors. Win-win!

Tania Crockett, Learning Coordinator -  Eden Rivers Trust

'A Way Through' Project Launches

 



The Westmorland Dales is bounded on all sides by major through-routes such as the Lune gap and the Eden valley and east to west though Ravenstonedale to Kirkby Stephen. For thousands of years, people and their animals have used these ways through the landscape and they have all left their mark. This project aims to explore the history of these routes and of the people who travelled them and then to share these stories with the wider public.


 
Karen Griffiths, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Interpretation Officer is leading the project and she is keen to talk to people with an interest in the archaeology and social history of tracks and routeways in Westmorland. Contact her on 01756 751619 or karen.griffiths@yorkshiredales.org.uk.
 
There will be a regularly updated project blog if you’d like to see how the project develops over the next few years. Find it at www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/a-way-through

This is just one of 21 projects being funded and run as part of the Westmorland Dales Scheme. More information is available at this link: Scheme Projects 

Planting Trees for the Future

While the politicians have been pontificating about trees, our Westmorland Dales apprentices have been planting them! 

In partnership with Friends of the Lake District,, the Woodland Trust and Eden Rivers Trust, the apprentices have learnt why, how and what to plant. The team have planted on farmland and in the uplands, next to rivers to slow the flow and with school children to inspire future generations.


Pictured: 'Another 500 trees planted by our apprentices...all in a day's work!'

They have cut and pegged willow, built tree planters of every description and learnt to recognise trees by their buds and bark.  


Pictured: 'Planting trees for the future'

Pictured: 'The Lune Gorge and lower end of Borrowdale from Tebay Fell'


In particular, the Crosby Ravensworth Community Tree Project has allowed the apprentice team to be involved in the whole process; conducting surveys, building tree shelters, planting trees and working with farmers and volunteers. Through all this, they have gained a greater appreciation of trees and their part in the landscape.

Scheme contact details

Our address and contact details...

Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership
Unit 1b, The Sidings, Tebay, Penrith, Cumbria. CA10 3XR
 
Telephone: 01539 756620
Email: westmorlanddales@fld.org.uk
Website: www.thewestmorlanddales.org.uk

Staff contact information and directions are available on our scheme website

Great Asby Scar Archaeological Survey – Season Two- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Season Two will be held on weekdays from Monday 9th until Friday 27th March (15 days in total). This follows on from a very successful survey last autumn where volunteers recorded around 300 features.



This level one landscape survey is a great opportunity to explore and uncover a beautiful area of upland landscape in the Westmorland Dales. It will be led by archaeologists from Northern Archaeological Associates as part of the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme. Staff from NAA with guide you on how to ‘read the landscape’, identifying evidence of past human activity across the Scar. You will learn how set up a field survey and the methods used to record sites. There will also be an opportunity to see how the information gathered is used to help manage the archaeological resource for future generations. 

No experience is necessary as all training will be provided, as will all the equipment. However a certain level of fitness will be required as there will be undulating terrain and a walk up to the Scar. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch (see contact details below). 

This is a free event but places are limited so please get in touch with which days you would like to attend. You can get in contact with Hannah Kingsbury (Cultural Heritage Officer, WDLP) by emailing Hannah-Kingsbury@fld.org.uk or phoning 01539 756624.

If you would like to find out more about survey one, please follow the link - https://www.friendsofthelakedistrict.org.uk/news/great-asby-archaeology-survey-identifies-300-potential-sites

This is just one of 21 projects being funded and run as part of the Westmorland Dales Scheme. More information is available at this link: Scheme Projects 

Surveying the Traditional Farm Buildings
of the Westmorland Dales

 
Traditional farm buildings make a very strong contribution to the distinctive landscape of the Westmorland Dales area but these structures are often overlooked and can be poorly understood. 

A major survey is now underway to provide a better understanding of the number, distribution, type and condition of farm buildings that exist within the Westmorland Dales in order to update the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Historic Environment Record.

Hannah Kingsbury, Cultural Heritage Officer with the Westmorland Dales Scheme,

“The survey is a major undertaking and we have to say a huge thank you to all of the volunteers who have signed up to help us with the work in 2020 and given up their time to attend our training events. A massive thank you to all the volunteers who got involved, as well as the landowners who allowed us to undertake the excavation".

Read the full story on our website

This is just one of 21 projects being funded and run as part of the Westmorland Dales Scheme. More information is available at this link: Scheme Projects 

Date For Your Diary
Great Cumbria Litter Pick 2020

Friday 20th March - Orton and Crosby Common

 
It's official-  the Westmorland Dales Scheme has registered to run its own litter pick as part of Friends of the Lake DIstrict's annual Great Cumbria Litter Pick. It's being held on Friday 20th March at Orton and Crosby Common along a stretch of around  2.5 miles.
 
We'll make more details and booking available via our website when the event booking pages go live so please do check www.thewestmorlanddales.org.uk for details nearer the time.

Nature's Calendar - SPRING




Let us know what's happening near you, from emerging butterflies and baby birds to ripe berries. Your records will help scientists monitor the effects of weather and climate change on wildlife.
Take part in Nature's Calendar and you can tell us what you've spotted in three easy steps.
 
  1. Choose a species and behaviour you'd like to look out for
  2. Locate a spot where you'd like to record eg. your garden
  3. Keep your eyes peeled and let us know any key dates. You can view your record instantly on the live maps
 

Keep up to date

Follow the latest project news on our website www.thewestmorlanddales.org.uk and, if you haven’t done so already, sign up to our newsletter for news and volunteering opportunities. This scheme would not be possible without the support of volunteers. You do not need any experience, just an interest in heritage, a love of the outdoors and enthusiasm.

Our 21 Scheme Projects

More information about the projects that form the core of the work being carried out over the Westmorland Dales scheme's four year lifespan. 
 


Visit our website for more information on all 21 scheme projects
The Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme is a four-year programme with a vision to unlock and reveal the hidden heritage of the Westmorland Dales. The scheme is grant funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
 

www.heritagefund.org.uk

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