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Bowland Brought to Musical Life

6th October 2015

Lord of Bowland talk

The popular Lord of Bowland annual lecture will be taking on a tuneful theme this year with an exploration of the Forest of Bowland Suite by composer, Christopher Gibbs.

The Forest of Bowland Suite captures in musical form the beauty and mystery of this special place. During the evening Chris will talk about the inspiration for his composition and share recorded excerpts with his audience.

Born in 1938, Chris has been composing since the age of seven. He studied at Trinity College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has taught music for many years, including lecturing at the University of Birmingham.

An excerpt from Moon over Downham, the fifth movement of Chris's orchestral suite, can be heard by clicking this link (taken from the Lakeland Composers website http://www.lakelandcomposers.org.uk/c_gibbs.htm).

This year's lecture will take place in the wonderful surroundings of Browsholme Hall's Tithe Barn on the evening of Tuesday 6th October.  The event is free but donations towards Slaidburn Village Archive are welcome on the night.

Please book your place in advance by contacting either:

Slaidburn Archive, 25, Church Street, Slaidburn BB7 3ER, 01200 446161 (open Wed & Fri, 11.00am/3.00pm), helen@halsteads.plus.com or

The Forest of Bowland AONB, Kettledrum, Root Hill Estate Yard, Dunsop Bridge, BB7 3AY, 01200 448000, sandra.silk@lancashire.gov.uk


Tour of Britain Stage 2

7th September 2015

The Tour of Britain is coming to Bowland, the Ribble Valley and Pendle - Monday 7th September

Stage Two will begin in Clitheroe town centre, completing a clockwise route via Nick O’Pendle, Longride, Dunsop Bridge and Slaidburn in the Forest of Bowland AONB.

After Gisburn the route heads into Pendle via Barnoldswick and Earby before briefly returning to Clitheroe in the Ribble Valley and then on to Whalley, Nelson and the finish in Colne.

Further details of the route, including Ordnance Survey stage maps can be viewed on the Tour of Britain website.


Summer Craft Sunday

23rd August 2015

Lino cut by Anita BurrowsContemporary Art & Craft Fair at Scorton Village Hall, Factory Brow, Scorton PR3 1AS

Come and see wonderful art and craft created by artists across Lancashire at Summer Craft Sunday, a free event at Scorton Village Hall. Around 18 artists will be showing and selling their work at the fair and there will be a pop –up vintage tearoom to enjoy some lovely homemade tea and cake. Summer Craft Sunday will be showcasing work including beautiful upcycled furniture, ceramics, handpainted lampshades, textiles, jewellery, printmaking and painting. Admission is free and this is a great opportunity to meet the artists, see a range of art and craft made by talented Lancashire artists, makers and designers and maybe buy a special artwork for your home or as a gift.

For more details visit our website www.hopefulandglorious.co.uk or get in touch at hello@hopefulandglorious.co.uk .


Get set for school holiday fun in Bowland

15th July 2015

Spring Wood near Whalley will be hosting a conservation day in the woodland on Wednesday 5th August where volunteers can tackle tasks with saws and loppers.  You can find out more from the ranger by calling 01254 825187 or by emailing paul.shoreman@lancashire.gov.uk

Beacon Fell Country Park has a great line-up throughout the summer break and with a café on site, and plenty of space for picnicking, it's the perfect place to make a day of it.

Ear Cutters, Aderbolts and Horse Stingers – otherwise known as dragonflies and damselflies! – are in the spotlight on Saturday 25th July, whilst budding wildlife enthusiasts can have a go at pond dipping on Wednesday 5th August and minibeast hunting a week later. Other adventurous mid-week August activities include shelter building on the 19th and Camocraft on the 26th.  Places can be booked by via Eventbright or by phoning 0300 123 6780.

To round off their summer programme the country park will hold a green woodcraft day from 11am – 4pm on Sunday 6th September with demonstrations, bird box making and children's activities.  No booking necessary.

Bugs and beasties will also be getting a closer look with the Wyre rangers on Wednesday 5th August at Brock Valley Picnic Site. More information is available from the Visit Garstang Centre on 01995 602125 or by emailing garstangtic@wyre.gov.uk

Details of other Festival Bowland events can be found at www.forestofbowland.com/Festival-Bowland-Events


So Much More Than The View!

17th June 2015

New publication: ‘So much more than the view…’
England’s most iconic landscapes – a hidden economic powerhouse

Far from being sleepy backwaters, England’s finest landscapes, National Parks and AONBs, contribute more than £20bn each year to our economy – similar to that of Birmingham.

The publication ‘So much more than the view…’ also highlights the wide range of other benefits these iconic areas provide to society

See the publication at:
http://www.landscapesforliferesources.org.uk/images/uploads/pdf/So_much_more_than_the_view.pdf
or
http://www.nationalparksengland.org.uk/home/publications-and-documents/so-much-more

Covering a quarter of England, AONBs and National Parks are our most beautiful and cherished landscapes, with iconic archaeological and historical sites and valuable wildlife habitats. Yet they provide so much more to society than a beautiful view.
More than two thirds of people in England live within half an hour’s travel of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or National Park.
AONBs and National Parks welcome more than 260 million visitors who spend in excess of £6bn and support thousands of jobs and more than 85,000 businesses.
Rightly regarded as a treasured national resource and internationally recognised for their special qualities, they provide a base for businesses that rely on a high quality environment; creative and sporting inspiration; homes for wildlife and people; food and drink; and life enhancing experiences for millions of visitors of all ages.

Environment Minister Rory Stewart said:

Our British landscapes are among the most beautiful and precious in the world. And such land remains central to the British imagination, to our souls and to our identity.  We would miss such landscapes profoundly if they were gone. We have a deep obligation to protect this land, its farms and its communities. This report also reminds us that safeguarding our countryside can also generate economic value, how our protected landscapes are increasingly rare in a rapidly developing world and just how precious they are to visitors and residents. However, while we celebrate the fact that they have also to potential to bring prosperity, we must never reduce such places simply to their economic value – they are so much more than that.”

Chair of the National Association for AONBs, Philip Hygate said:
“AONB Partnerships and Conservation Boards, and National Park Authorities, with their dedicated small teams, make things happen; translating vision and national policy into local action. “Our staff and volunteers work with local communities, businesses and others, supporting skills development, investing in infrastructure and attracting visitors to promote sustainable rural economies that conserve and enhance the natural environment for the benefit of everyone. Together our volunteers put in over half a million days’ work each year to help keep these places special and accessible.”
Chair of National Parks England and the North York Moors National Park Authority, Jim Bailey said:
“People are passionate about National Parks and AONBs and care deeply about their future. Those who visit, live or work within, these special landscapes, experience and enjoy the range of benefits that they provide for people and wildlife. They may not realise that these dynamic, living landscapes underpin the economy and the health and wellbeing of society and that all these benefits come at less than £1 per person a year.”

For further information contact:

Amanda Brace                                                              Jill Smith
Senior Policy Officer                                                    Communications Manager
National Parks England                                                National Association for AONBs

Email: jill.smith@landscapesforlife.org.uk
Telephone: 07969 888823
Twitter: @naaonb @natparksengland


Festival Bowland 2015

29th May 2015

Spoon CarvingSomething for Everyone this Summer

Wrap up warm for an evening bat walk in Clitheroe's Brungerly Park on 5th June with Lancashire Wildlife Trust. Learn some traditional woodworking techniques with the Wyre countryside rangers at Cobble Hey on 14th June – and go home with your very own rustic stool!  Get stuck in to some practical work at Brock valley picnic site on the 23rd June or take a Moorland Safari with the RSPB on the 3rd July – the last one for this season.

Discover Claughton Hall estate on the morning of 12th July then head off over to Beacon Fell in the afternoon for a family-friendly summer activity day. Find out more about New Laundin the Hodder valley with a guided tour around Uclan's archaeological dig on July 18th or a farm Tramper trek on either August 3rd or 4th.

Roll up your sleeves at Spring Wood near Whalley on 5th August and help to look after this popular picnic site, or why not walk "From the Mills to the Reservoir" in lovely Calder Vale on the 22nd?  Finish the summer off in style by carving your very own wooden spoon at Beacon Fell Country Park on the 30th August, then sit back and have a well-earned rest – until it's time to start on the autumn events!

For full details, and booking information, of all the Festival Bowland events coming up over the next few months go to www.forestofbowland.com/Festival-Bowland-Events

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