Hedgelaying at its Best!

25th March 2015

Volunteers at Crook O'LuneHedge Laying Competition - GrindletonAs the season comes to an end we'd like to thank all those who've been involved in hedgelaying volunteering over the winter months. It was great to have a mixture of regulars as well as new faces.

There's been some fantastic lengths laid at Crook O'Lune, Lancaster and Keasden and the highlight of the season was the Bowland hedgelaying competition held at Lane Side Farm, West Bradford on 7th March.

Thanks to our trainers Geoff Whitley, Joe Craig and Andrew Kirkwood who provided entertainment as well as fantastic skills training.

Thank you also to Cllr Jon Barry for organising the Lancaster training on behalf of Lancaster Green Spaces with support from Lancaster University Wind Turbine Community Fund, Lancaster City Council, and Lancashire County Council.

We look forward to welcoming you next year!  If you would like to be added to our mailing list to be kept informed of future events please email

Hedge Laying Competition - Grindleton

Festival Bowland 2015

19th February 2015

Map and Compass event Beacon FellWalks, Wildlife and Workshops

With over 90 events between February and December, the new Festival Bowland programme means you can discover Bowland in every season.
Whether you want to explore beautiful landscapes, delve into intriguing heritage, seek out fantastic wildlife, learn a new skill or enjoy family activities, you’re sure to find something in this year's calendar of events.
Why not make a stick chair in March (or do some stargazing!); snap quirky Bowland with your camera in April or join a moorland safari in May? 
Thanks to landowners, businesses, countryside staff and local experts, Festival Bowland has scores of opportunities to blow away those cobwebs, brush up on those wildflowers – or simply enjoy some time off in this beautiful part of Lancashire and North Yorkshire.
As usual, you'll find a number of events suitable for Trampers – a great way for the whole family to enjoy Bowland together. But be quick, as you'll need to book them in advance.  And don't forget to check out those school holiday events – from Gruffalo walks to minibeast hunts.  Or for something a little different, how about shelter building?
High summer brings a flowery focus, with Coronation Meadow teas and scythe training.  This year's programme also has plenty of conservation days, where you can go along and help out with some practical countryside management.  Browse the programme and you'll find open gardens, a musical interlude and Christmas crafts – of the coppice kind – along with the regular Legstretchers and Monday Walks. 
So, whether you're new to the Forest of Bowland, or just want to find out more about a favourite spot, we hope you'll come along and enjoy Festival Bowland 2015!

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