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Revitalising Redesdale launched its #MyRedesdale photo competition in late August to capture the spirit of this beautiful area. Alongside breath-taking landscapes we also asked people to send us shots of some of the hidden corners of Redesdale, of the wildlife, old Redesdale and people at work and play. There were forty-six entries and the standard of the images was very high, which made it very difficult for our three local judges Richard Simmance, Máire West and Martin Chilvers. Eventually four winners were chosen and six other photos selected for high commendation. The winners were: Redesdale landscapes: Pete Saunders for his picture of...

Revitalising Redesdale commissioned two studies to help our partners better understand the existing and potential audience for the heritage within Redesdale and how best to tell the stories of the valley to inspire and interest both visitors and local people. The research revealed lots of interesting facts about current visitors to the area, their love of walking, that they tend to be older and that the area particularly attracts men because of the opportunity to participate in more challenging physical activities. The research also highlighted the growth in short breaks and the interest in skills based tourism. Recommendations from both studies, encourages...

Conflict in the landscape- research to identify the exact location of the battle of Otterburn with landscape and battlefield archaeologists and find new ways to tell the exciting story of the only medieval battle fought by moonlight. Heritage at Risk- restoration of two key historic sites Ridsdale ironworks and the Roman Fort at Rochester; this project will also look for opportunities to protect other scheduled monuments including the Roman way-markers on the A68. Discovering lost heritage- using the latest LIDAR images and surveying techniques to undercover and record Redesdale rich undiscovered archaeological landscape. ...

River Rede Restoration - working with landowners and farmers on a range of measures to reduce siltation and diffuse pollution along the river to enhance wildlife, including making the river more suitable for fresh water pearl mussel, by improving water quality. Restoring and creating wildlife habitats- working closely with landowners and farmers to create and restore species rich grassland, new woodland and restore peatland. Ecological recording- using the latest surveying techniques to get a better understanding of Redesdale’s natural heritage focussing on its birds and mammals. ...

Redesdale by foot and by bike- a series of projects designed to improve existing routes for cyclists and walkers and promote these to encourage visitors to discover the hidden treasures of Redesdale. Explore Redesdale- a range of new interpretation and signage to help tell the stories of Redesdale from its ancient churches to the grand Victorian architecture at Catcleugh reservoir. ...

Events programme -designed to engage local community participation with Redesdale and beyond in their local heritage, and increase awareness and understanding. Redesdale Revitalises- a programme designed to build on the success of Rupert’s Wood in using environmental education and wild play with disadvantaged groups #My Redesdale- an interactive website designed to enable people to share their knowledge and memories about Redesdale to build a series of web-based village atlases to celebrate Redesdale’s cultural and environmental heritage. ...

Often mistaken as a Border Castle, the 1836 engine house in Ridsdale is all that is now visible of the once major ironworks that helped produced the iron used for Newcastle’s High Level Bridge. Time and inclement weather have taken their toll on the engine house, and the scheduled monument is now on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk register. The need to conserve the engine house, an iconic structure on the A68, has justified it as a prime candidate for inclusion in the Heritage Lottery bid for Redesdale. Revitalising Redesdale has employed Doonan Architects Ltd to undertake a condition survey of the...

Revitalising Redesdale took a visit to the Otterburn RTC Sports Club Youth Group to find out what young people thought was important to them in their valley. Nineteen young people between the ages of 8-15 worked on a series of hand drawn maps in which they drew the things which most mattered to them about where they lived. The young people came from villages across the valley including Byrness, Elsdon, Otterburn and West Woodburn. Family and friend were the most important things for young people, but it was interesting to see what else they put on their maps: football pitches, favourite...