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Author: Lydia Speakman

Read our submission to the Heritage Lottery Fund Revitalising Redesdale Report - FINAL (v2) The Landscape Conservation Action Plan provides an overview to the landscape of Redesdale, its history, biodiversity and culture. Inside you will find details of the projects we hope that HLF will support to deliver a programme that will help conserve and enhance the special qualities of Redesdale's natural and cultural heritage....

New dates announced for Black House Open days for 2017: Sunday May 7th, June 4th, July 2nd, August 6th and September 3rd at 1.30 pm Cost is £8 per adult, children free ( No need to book) This is a great chance to find out about the workers and their families who built Catcleugh reservoir. The Black House is the last remaining dwelling on the site which has been restored to its original condition. The tour includes a visit to the dam, past some remarkable Victorian engineering...

Look out for these posters across the valley detailing the projects we are hoping to include in our HLF bid. We would like you to comment on our proposals and in particular answer these three questions: Which of the proposed projects would you most like to see happen and why? Which projects would you like to help design or make happen? What kind of events do you think Revitalising Redesdale could develop to celebrate the valley’s wildlife and heritage? You can email us your answers or leave your comments in the comment boxes at the following village halls: Rochester, Byrness,  Elsdon, Otterburn...

Revitalising Redesdale  is seeking to develop an events programme to involve local people and visitors in learning more about the cultural and natural history of Redesdale. As well as getting involved in existing local events such as Rede Fest, the Upper Redesdale Show , Elsdon Show, and the Corsenside Leek and Vegetable show, we plan to put on plenty of events ourselves from lectures and walks, to story telling festivals and opportunities to work with local artists. We are very keen to hear the views of local residents to find out what type of events you would like to see. We...

The River Rede, together with the River North Tyne is one of the only places in England which supports a significant population of fresh water pearl mussel, some of which are over a hundred years old. Current monitoring of fresh water pearl mussels indicates that the population is failing to breed and is in decline, with various theories of why this is happening. The river also supports populations of migratory Atlantic salmon and brown trout,essential to the early life (glochidial/larvae) stage of the fresh water pearl mussel. Kingfisher, dipper and heron can all be found along the river Rede. Otters,...

Star Cairns Redesdale lies within the ‘Northumberland International Dark Sky Park’ which was unveiled in December 2013 as England’s first and Europe’s largest Dark Sky Park. Our remote landscape has some of the darkest skies in Europe - awarded gold tier designation by the International Dark Sky Association, making it officially the best place in England for people to go to enjoy sights such as the milky way, meteorite showers and the Aurora. This is one of the few areas in Europe where the night sky has been unchanged for centuries, undisturbed by the light-emitting developments of the modern world. When...

It is planned to make a total of £50,000 available over the five years until December 2023 for a Redesdale Community Heritage Fund This fund is intended to support community groups, organisations or individuals seeking financial assistance with additional projects which meet the Revitalising Redesdale’s objectives. Grants are available to encourage original community projects that help people look after, learn about, extend understanding of and celebrate Redesdale’s unique landscape and heritage. It is hoped that projects will encourage interaction between partner organisations, community groups and local visitors; and encourage better access to heritage assets through community-led action. Through this, local communities can...

This project would aim to build on the work which is currently been undertaken at Rupert’s Wood, an environmental education project, which links student volunteers from Newcastle with disadvantaged groups in Tyneside and Northumberland. The project uses Rupert’s Wood for wild play, overnight camping to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults to build self-esteem and confidence by giving project participants access to outdoor experiences and opportunities for skills development. Redesdale Revitalises would aim to extend this approach to other sites within Redesdale linked to conservation projects and outdoor learning. Redesdale Revitalises would aim to also support other organisations in Redesdale...

Mill and Whiskershiel Burn is a Site of Site of Special Scientific Interest near to Elsdon that is designated for calcareous mire flush and fen vegetation communities. Of particularly interest is the presence of blue moor-grass– an extremely rare plant in Northumberland, of which this is the county stronghold. While relatively small in area, the habitats found on the SSSI are important from a local, regional and national point of view. In recent years the condition of the habitats has deteriorated as surrounding trees have begun to encroach on the site and shade the grassland.  The project will see the...

The historic river crossing at Smoutel Ford was dredged out in the 1950s and the river bed has not recovered sufficiently to allow the present bridleway to be safely used. Slow recovery is evident to the bed morphology elsewhere and a number of embryonic riffle/rapids have appeared. The reach, however, remains largely devoid of sediment and would benefit significantly from sediment reintroduction and coarse riffle/rapid features. This project aims to reinstate a ford crossing over the River Rede to facilitate access along a public bridleway across the Rede Valley in order to promote public access in the area. The historical crossing...