Like most homes, Browsholme Hall has a place where you just put things down as you come in the door and then forget about until visitors come around and you then find yourself explaining why you've got half a bicycle propped up there or a broken spade. And so it was that Robert Parker explained yesterday to 32 Norwegians that a relative had brought home a piece of Zeppelin during the 1st WW fully intending to make a fireguard out of it but had got distracted and well....it's still there.
The 32 Norwegians, a mix of local Mayors, Councillors, academics etc were from Aurland and all interested in developing their localities as protected areas. We took them to see John Alpe, farmer at Whitewell to hear about his organic farm and environmental stewardship. They visited Bolton by Bowland to see a conservation area in a protected area. They ate some local food and had long talks with us about tourism, consrvation and how things work; and we also took them to see Browsholme. We wish the weather had been better but the company could not have been beaten!