This year's Festival Bowland programme is packed with everything from star gazing to bird watching and from guided walks to green woodworking. You'll be able to find details of all the events via our online calendar or by downloading our latest Discover Bowland guide but to give you a head start, here are a few of the events coming soon….
Willow Bird Feeders
Saturday 18th February, 10.30am - 12noon or 1.00pm – 2.30pm
Bring out your creative side – and keep our feathered friends happy! – by making a decorative willow bird feeder with local craftswoman, SallyAnne Middleton. Instruction and materials provided. Suitable for adults and accompanied children 6 years and over.
£5 per feeder. Booking essential. For more information contact the AONB office on 01200 448000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 19th February, 10.00am – 2.30pm
A pleasant valley walk following the River Dunsop then rising over the fells before returning. Bring a packed lunch.
£4.50/£3.50, 4 ½ hours, terrain guide 5, 8 miles Booking essential. For more information contact the Visit Garstang Centre on 01995 602125 or email email@example.com
Forest of Bowland Hedge Laying Competition
Saturday 4th March, 9.00am – 3.30pm
Laneside Farm, West Bradford
Chat to the experts taking part in the latest Bowland Hedge Laying Competition – part of the Lancashire and Westmorland Hedge Laying Association Grand Prix – and find out all you need to know about this traditional rural craft. Or why not book onto the free training available on the day and have a go yourself?
For more information contact the AONB office on 01200 448000 or to book a place on the training session email firstname.lastname@example.org
Free, 6 ½ hours
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:
Thurs 2nd and Fri 3rd March West Bradford
Saturday 4th March West Bradford (Bowland Hedge Laying Competition) with training session running alongside
Wed 8th and Thurs 9th March Rimington
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for the submission of the quote is 5pm on Friday 9th December 2017 to email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone the office on 01200 448000.
Closing date Thursday 1st December 5pm.
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.
The Forest of Bowland AONB Unit and our partners have been working hard to deliver the objectives of the current management plan. Find out what projects happened between April 2015 and March 2016 in our latest Annual Report here!
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, www.facebook.com/bowlandaonb 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 email@example.com 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
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:
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.
Chipping Parish Council have recently updated the visitor information on the notice boards in the village car park. Why not take a look next time you visit? You can also catch up with the info on the Chipping & District Memorial Hall website – or keep an eye out for the new leaflet! You can also download a copy here