Tag Archives: Teesdale

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


Heart of Teesdale – Traditional Farm Buildings Survey Project

Heart of Teesdale – Traditional Farm Buildings Survey Project

Seeking volunteers to record historically significant buildings. No previous experience required, all training provided.

Information Days:

Tuesday 7 October 10.00am-1.00pm, St Mary’s Parish Hall, Barnard Castle

Saturday 11 October 10.00am-1.00pm The Witham, Barnard Castle

Training Days:

Saturday 25 October 9.30am-4.00pm Reading Rooms, Romaldkirk

Saturday 25 October 9.30am-4.00pm Reading Rooms, Romaldkirk

To book, please contact Honia.Devlin@durham.gov.uk or 03000 260830

Traditional Farm Building Surveying Training

Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership


With the help of Jen Deadman, a Historic Buildings Consultant, we are organising further training in how to survey traditional farm buildings. This forms part of our Field Barns project, which aims to survey as many traditional farm buildings as possible in the HoT area.

Tuesday 7th October and Saturday 10th October 10 – 12am
Barnard Castle, Venue TBC
Introductory meetings to find out about the project.

Saturday 25th October and Sunday 26th October, 10am – 4pm
Romaldkirk Reading Rooms
Hands-on training sessions in how to survey traditional farm buildings and contribute to this important project.

website: http://www.heartofteesdale.net

Email: heartofteesdale@durham.gov.uk

Heart of Teesdale landscape partnership – Guided Walk

Heart of Teesdale landscape partnership

Guided Walk Half Year Forum

Saturday 7th June 9.30 – 2.30pm

The day will consist of a guided walk from Barnard Castle to Whorlton along the River Tees. Along the way we will be pointing out projects we have completed or are currently ongoing.

The walk will end at The Bridge Inn, Whorlton where a buffet lunch will be provided and there will be presentations about the work of the Heart of Teesdale.

The event is FREE but we do need to know numbers attending, so if you would like to attend all or part of the day please contact Susie Lane, Community Officer on 03000 264903 or susanne.lane@durham.gov.uk

Heart of Teesdale: Historic Field Barns


PROJECT UPDATE: Historic Field Barns
The training weekend held at the end of November was a huge success. Members of the public who attended gained a fascinating insight into field barns and the techniques for surveying them. Both days were fully booked and feedback from those who attended was very positive.

It is likely that there will be more training events held in the future or other activities relating to Field Barn surveying, therefore if you are interested please keep an eye on our website for news and events. If you would like to take part in surveying the field barns of the Heart of Teesdale area or would like any more information then please contact Honia Devlin on 03000 260830 or honia.devlin@durham.gov.uk. Please note Honia only works part time so may not respond immediately.

PROJECT UPDATE: Community Archaeology
This project is led by the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and, with the help of volunteers they have started the project with a geophysics survey of the land around Greta Bridge. The survey was carried out successfully and preliminary results are expected soon.

There are likely to be many more volunteering opportunities within this project, so if you are interested please contact David Mason on david.mason@durham.gov.uk