Winter Hedge Laying Workshops

29th November 2016

Hedges are a key feature in the Forest of Bowland landscape. As well as acting as stock boundaries and providing shelter they also make great habitats – and larders - for wildlife.  Laying hedges to keep them healthy and stock-proof is a real skill so, if you'd like to have a go yourself, don't miss our latest training opportunities:

Sunday 4th and Wednesday 21st December - Rimington, Ribble Valley

Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th December - Grunsagill, Tosside

Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th December - West Bradford

Each day will run from 9.30am until approximately 4pm and all tools and instruction will be provided.  You will need to wear old, outdoor clothes, strong footwear and tough gloves and bring a hot drink and packed lunch.

Places need to be booked in advance by contacting the AONB office on 01200 448000 or by emailing

Development and Funding Recruitment Opportunity

23rd November 2016

The Forest of Bowland AONB Partnership wishes to contract a consultant to provide temporary support services to backfill a 'Development and Funding' role within the AONB Unit, which is currently vacant due to a temporary secondment to the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership.

The AONB Unit is currently working on a number of key projects and activities requiring developmental support, including funding bids for priority habitat conservation and restoration project work, sustainable tourism projects and assisting Champion Bowland (a charitable company) with its grant-giving activities and to help it develop and grow.

If you have any queries regarding this work, please contact Elliott Lorimer at the AONB office on 01200 448000, mobile 07775 221208 or email

The deadline for the submission of the quote is 5pm on Friday 9th December 2017 to

Peat Restoration Contract Opportunity

23rd November 2016

Peat Restoration Opportunity

The Forest of Bowland AONB on behalf of the Lancashire Peat Partnership wishes to appoint a suitably experienced and qualified contractor to carry out the following peatland restoration works within a 77 ha project site on Brown Syke, Mallowdale: re-profiling peat hags and areas of eroding bare peat; timber dam construction; bare peat revegetation. Further information can be found here.

For further details please email or telephone the office on 01200 448000.

Closing date Thursday 1st December 5pm.

Office volunteer opportunity

20th October 2016

Office Volunteer Opportunity

The Forest of Bowland AONB team is looking for an office volunteer, one full day or two half-days per week, initially for a period of six months. Mainly helping with administrative duties, there may be the chance to get involved with other projects if you have skills or interests in these areas.

Our office is based in Dunsop Bridge and there is currently no public transport to the village so alternative transport would be needed.

For full details see the Office Volunteer role description here.

"Lots" to Bid for in Beautiful Bowland Seven days, seven fantastic prizes! Champion Bowland charity auction starts Monday 26th September

22nd September 2016

Charity Auction Launches On-line!

Tourism businesses in and around the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty have donated some fantastic prizes to a charity auction raising money for environmental and tourism charity, Champion Bowland.

The auction with be launched on-line, via the Forest of Bowland AONB Facebook page, on Monday 26th September, with one new "lot" becoming available each week day between then and Tuesday 4th October.

Anyone wanting to bid should enter their price as a comment on the relevant Facebook post and on-line bidding will close at noon on Friday 7th October 2016.  The highest on-line bids will be announced on Monday 10th October.

The auction has gained the support of businesses from across the length and breadth of the AONB with James' Places, The Spread Eagle at Sawley and Mrs Dowson's contributing prizes, along with Dale House Bed and Breakfast near Slaidburn and Cobden View cottage in Sabden.  Artist, Peter Osborne, from Tatham has donated a landscape painting, whilst well-known plantsman, Peter Foley, is offering a tour of his and his wife's garden with afternoon tea included.

Champion Bowland is a small charity which awards funds to local projects benefiting the environment, communities and visitors and the auction is a fantastic way of encouraging people to support it – and come away with a brilliant prize.

The fundraising ceilidh at The Priory is open to all, with music provided by "Apples in Winter".  Tickets cost £10 including a hotpot supper and are available from the Forest of Bowland AONB office on 01200 448000 or by emailing There will also be a raffle with more great prizes donated by local businesses. A copy of the auction terms and conditions can be found here

Annual Lord of Bowland Lecture - "Scandinavians and Celts": The Birth of Medieval Bowland – Tuesday 4th October.

15th September 2016

The Lord of Bowland's sixth annual lecture will be given by Dr Fiona Edmonds, newly appointed director of Lancaster University's Regional Heritage Centre.  The lecture will be held in the Tithe Barn at Browsholme Hall, 7.00 for 7.30pm on Tuesday 4th October, by kind permission of the Parker family.

A native Lancastrian, Fiona is a former Senior Lecturer in Celtic History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. She is a leading authority on northern Britain, Ireland, Wales and the Isle of Man between the seventh and the twelfth centuries; and Anglo-Saxon history, especially the kingdom of Northumbria.

All donations will go to Slaidburn Archive and Champion Bowland to support heritage, landscape and tourism projects in the area.

Entry to the lecture is free but places need to be booked in advance by contacting:

Slaidburn Archive, 01200 446161 – (Archive open Wednesdays and Fridays, 11.00am – 3.00pm) or Forest of Bowland AONB, 01200 448000 –

In addition, William Bowland, sixteenth Lord of Bowland, will be delivering a presentation to Clitheroe Civic Society on the history of the Lordship of the Forest of Bowland, on Monday 3rd October. The talk will take place in Ribble Valley Council Chambers, Church Street, Clitheroe and will start at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome and tickets cost £3 (students free).  Refreshments will be included.

Outstanding Week

10th August 2016

AONBs are some of the most beautiful, cherished and outstanding landscapes in Britain. They are vibrant landscapes which offer a wealth of opportunities for everyone to enjoy them.

Outstanding Week is an opportunity for you to get involved and get out into our outstanding landscapes to enjoy country shows, dark sky discovery nights, walking festivals, archaeology walks, wood fairs, foraging and local food festivals, wildlife walks, coastal and marine days, thatching courses, drystone walling competitions, charcoal making, bioblitz, inspiration through art and many, many  other activities.

We have lots going on here in the Forest of Bowland, so why not join us?

Catch the Wind!

Sunday 18th September, 11:00am – 1:00pm, Gisburn Forest Hub

Kite making and flying with Alan Poxon.

Booking essential.  Call 01200 448000 or email

£2.50 per child, accompanying adults free

Autumn Colour in the Grizedale Valley

Thursday 22nd September, 10.30am – 2.00pm, Scorton

An autumnal walk and Tramper trek down this beautiful valley.

Booking essential. Call 01995 602125 or email


Autumn Bat Walk

Friday 23rd September, 7.00pm – 9.00pm, Brungerley Park, Clitheroe

Wrap up warm and bring a torch for this evening bat walk with Phil Dykes.

For more information call 01200 448000 or email

£2.50 per adult, accompanied children come free

Seed Collecting!

Saturday 24th September, 10.00am – 12 noon, Slaidburn

A morning collecting seed from meadow species to sow or grow.

Booking essential. Call 01200 448000 or email


Discover the Stars

Saturday 24th September, 8.00pm – 10.00pm, Beacon Fell Country Park

Join amateur astronomer, Robert Ince, for a fascinating journey through the constellations.  Keep your fingers crossed for clear skies and there'll be powerful telescopes to use too!

Booking essential.  Call 07511 403702 or book via Eventbrite at


Full details of all our Outstanding Week events are available at

For information about Outstanding events throughout the country, go to