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Author: Karen Collins

We are holding a free event about the Battle of Otterburn on Sunday 24th June at the RTC Sports & Leisure Centre in Otterburn, from 2.00-4.30pm. The event is to mark the launch of an exciting new Heritage Lottery-funded project that will investigate and explore the story of this famous medieval battle. The event will include talks by representatives from Revitalising Redesdale, the Battlefields Trust and Northumberland National Park and a guided walk to the Battlefield site. There will also be the chance to find out how to get involved in this project, which will include opportunities for volunteers to take part...

As part of the Revitalising Redesdale Landscape Partnership, repair and consolidations works to High Rochester Roman Fort and Ridsdale Ironworks are to be carried out to conserve these Scheduled Monuments and prevent further deterioration and collapse. The Roman Fort at High Rochester was for two centuries the northernmost fort of the Roman Empire and is one of the best preserved archaeological sites within Northumberland National Park. This project will conserve the structure of the fort, by removing risks to the fabric and by improving the visual amenity of the monument. The remains of the engine house at Ridsdale are a visible and enigmatic...

The Revitalising Redesdale team is now complete and ready for action! Jennifer Care, Farming and Wildlife Officer, was the first to commence her post in February and is employed by Northumberland Wildlife Trust. Karen Collins, the Heritage and Engagement Officer, started in March and is employed by Northumberland National Park Authority.  Nick Lightfoot, Programme Support Officer, and Maria Hardy, Programme Manager, both joined in April and are employed by Natural England. Together with partners, we will be delivering a £2.8 million programme of conservation, heritage and access improvement projects, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Projects include physical works to improve water...