A History of Peatlands

Thanks to a grant of £9,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the AONB Partnership will be undertaking a project, called Peatland People, to document the methods of managing the land and how it has changed over the years.

No official record has been made about the people who have played a part in shaping the landscape of the North Pennines and Alistair Lockett, Field Officer with the AONB Partnership, said he hopes this project will keep important information about moorland practices from being lost forever.

He said: “We’d like to speak to a range of people who have all played their part in shaping this diverse landscape. I’m hoping a range of people will come forward to share their memories with us, including farmers, conservationists, gamekeepers and landowners.”

People who have worked on the moorlands in various different ways, or have families who have a strong link to the landscape of the North Pennines, are being encouraged to visit one of the three special drop-in sessions that have been arranged by the AONB Partnership.

Alistair said: “Once all the information has been collected, we plan to bring it together and showcase it in an exhibition that will be held at Bowlees Visitor Centre in Teesdale.

“Through Peatland People we want to celebrate this incredibly important landscape and understand more about how generations of people have brought it about. The special qualities of well-managed peatlands have important environmental benefits, for people and for wildlife. It’s a landscape people often take for granted but in reality it takes a huge amount of time and effort to conserve and enhance it.”

For more information contact Alistair Lockett on 01388 528801 or email alistair@northpenninesaonb.org.uk


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