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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...

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....

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 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...

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...