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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Camerawork Captures Bowland's Beauty

24th October 2014

In this year of anniversary celebrations the Forest of Bowland AONB is delighted that the Folly in Settle is hosting a new photographic exhibition to mark the Golden Anniversary of Bowland's designation as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 'A Journey Through Bowland' is a stunning collection of photographs specially taken by both professional and non-professional photographers. Images chosen for the exhibition help to reflect the Forest of Bowland's special sense of place and capture some of the characteristics of this beautiful area. Subjects range from classic landscape and wildlife pictures to well known buildings and quirky shots. The resulting show is a real feast for the eye and will appeal to everyone with a love of this wonderful area which lies right on our doorstep. The exhibition is available until Sunday 2nd November –so don't miss out! For further details please visit find the Folly on Facebook at or ring 015242 51388.

Discover Family-friendly Bowland…..then tell us all about it!

28th May 2014

From walks, picnics and craft activities to bats, bugs and dragonflies you won't be short of things to do in Bowland this summer! 
In early June why not join a ranger-led walk with United Utilities on the slopes of Pendle Hill and discover exactly what's involved in bringing clean water to our taps?  There's chance to write your very own Postcard Poem with Bowland Biography Group at Chipping Village Hall on 7th June*.  Drop in between 1.30 – 4.00pm.   June is also the time to pack a hamper and head up to Gisburn Forest for kite flying, face painting and storytelling at the Bowland Picnic.  Then, at the end of the month, head over to Beacon Fell Country Park for a great day at RSPB's Bowland Wildlife Discovery event.
August is mini-beast month, with a bug hunt over at Whalley Abbey plus a chance to find out about dragonflies and damselflies back at Beacon Fell.  Rounding it all off will be a late night bat walk at Brungerley Park in September, so wrap up warm and grab a torch!
Click on this link Festival Bowland programme for details of all these events, including age suitability and booking information.  Our website also has lots of ideas for family fun, including downloadable family friendly walks, exciting sculpture trails and ideas for picnic spots – one or two where you can feed the ducks too!
And, if you've enjoyed your day out in Bowland, we'd love to hear about it! 
To celebrate our Golden Anniversary in 2014, we're running a great children's writing competition especially for 6 – 11 year olds.  All your children have to do is tell us about their very best day out in Bowland!  Where did they go, what did they do and what made it such great fun?
The best story in each of the two age categories (6 – 8 years and 9 - 11 years) will win a fantastic prize donated by RSPB Leighton Moss.  We'll also share a selection of the best entries on the Forest of Bowland AONB website: that way other families can be inspired by these amazing tales and get lots of ideas for their own visits to the Forest of Bowland!
The closing date for entries is 16th September 2014 and full details, including terms and conditions and a story template, can be found here
So, do get visiting and then get writing!
(*The Bowland Biography Group's Postcard Poems event is not included in the Festival Bowland programme.  For further details please contact Maureen Fenton on 07710 409457 or maureenfenton [at] tiscali [dot] co [dot] uk)