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Festival Bowland 2021 is here!

6th January 2021

We have some great events planned for our Festival Bowland programme this year and we can't wait to get started.

Image by Mark Harder

From wildlife that flies, flaps and crawls, to vibrant meadow flowers and rainbow-colour fungi. From medieval heritage and the annual Lord of Bowland lecture, to family-friendly fun and Tramper taster sessions – we're sure you'll find something to capture your interest!

We'll be keeping things virtual until Easter this year then, from mid-April, we're hoping to re-introduce some small-scale walks and face to face events.  These will need to follow any Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines which might still be in place at the time and we may need to postpone or cancel some sessions at short notice. 

We'll do our very best to keep our listings up to date but it will be even more important this year to contact the event organiser and "check before you travel".

Don't worry though – we'll be rolling our online events out for the rest of the year and beyond, so there'll always be a way to explore and enjoy this very special part of Lancashire and North Yorkshire.

For full event details and booking information go to https://www.forestofbowland.com/Festival-Bowland-Events.  And don't forget to keep checking back to see what's new!


COVID-19 Update

5th January 2021

National Lockdown: Stay at Home

The Prime Minister has announced a new national lockdown with emergency measures to control the rapid spread of coronavirus, during a televised address on Monday 4th January 2020, the prime minister announced the tougher restrictions would come into force from midnight on that day.

Read the full guidance here.

The latest Government guidance means that everyone is required to stay at home. Although we can go out for exercise this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area. People must not travel from other areas into the Forest of Bowland AONB and must not travel distances within the AONB for walks or other exercise.

Our 2021 online Festival Bowland programme begins on the 20th January with the RSPB's Big Garden Bird Watch and we've a fanastic week-long Dark Skies Festival running from 13th to 19th February, with online events for all the family.  We also still have our 'At Home in Bowland' online resources available or you can re-visit some of our online Festival Bowland events which have taken place during 2020. 

In these unprecedented times, please ensure you stay up to date with the latest guidance from the Government and continue to follow the general guidance of ‘Hands. Face. Space.’

  • hands – wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
  • face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings)

In all circumstances, you should follow the guidance on meeting others safely.


Covid-19 Update

31st December 2020

COVID-19 Update 31.12.2020

The majority of the AONB which covers Lancashire is now under Tier 4 restrictions, with North Yorkshire, Craven district area in Tier 3. Our over-riding priority is for both visitors and the residents of the Forest of Bowland to remain safe; and to ensure we don’t place undue pressure on public highways, emergency services or key workers.

If you live in Tier 4 you must not leave or be outside of your home or garden except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’. You should not travel into a Tier 4 area from another part of the UK, other than for a specific reason - please read all the latest Tier 4 guidance here.

Please do exercise locally if you can; for those who are not able to get out, have a look at our 'At Home in Bowland' online resources or re-visit some of our online Festival Bowland events which have taken place during 2020.

Please continue to follow the general guidance:

  • HANDS - Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.
  • FACE - Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • SPACE - Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)

Stay home if you have any of the symptoms and get a test as soon as possible.


Green Recovery Challenge Fund

10th December 2020

Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty receives grant of 233,900 from the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund

  • Dr Chris Miller surveying at Holme House68 projects have been awarded grants between £62k and £3.8 million have been awarded by Defra to kick-start a pipeline of nature-based projects while creating and retaining jobs
  • First funding round sees £40 million pot allocated, second round of funding to open in early 2021

The Forest of Bowland AONB Partnership and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Holme House Fell Peatland Restoration project is one of the first environmental projects awarded a grant from the Government’s £80 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

This landscape-scale project will restore peatland habitat at Holme House Fell, a 127 hectare site at the centre of the Bowland Fells SSSI; part of the largest expanse of blanket bog and heather moorland in Lancashire.  The scheme will include work to reduce surface water flow; decrease carbon loss caused by peat erosion; improve water quality and increase the potential of the habitat to act as a carbon sink.

Restoration work will be carried out by an experienced moorland contractor, helping to support the local economy; whilst providing initial training in peatland restoration skills for a further local contractor looking to specialise in this type of work.

Helicopter lifting materials for peatland restoration at Langden Head.Forest of Bowland AONB Manager, Elliott Lorimer said:

 "We're absolutely delighted to have been awarded this grant to help restore a significant area of internationally important blanket bog habitat in the Bowland Fells.  The project will be jointly delivered with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, and will also help support the recovery of the wider rural economy, benefitting local contractors and suppliers." 

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is a key part of Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan to kick-start nature recovery and tackle climate change.  The fund is being delivered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.

Environment Minister, Rebecca Pow, said:

“These projects will drive forward work across England to restore and transform our landscapes, boost nature and create green jobs, and will be a vital part of helping us to build back greener from coronavirus.

“I look forward to working with environmental organisations as these projects help address the twin challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change, while creating and retaining jobs as part of the green recovery.”

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive, National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:

“Supporting our natural environment is one of the most valuable things we can do right now. All these projects are of huge benefit to our beautiful countryside and wildlife, but will also support jobs, health and wellbeing, which are vitally important as we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis.”



Let's Support Local This Christmas

26th November 2020

Now more than ever is the time to support our local food, arts & crafts producers and shops. Despite the current restrictions many local businesses have adapted to offer home delivery and online payment and collection services to make local shopping accessible to all.

This Christmas why not look towards our fantastic local farm shops, markets, butchers, bakers and greengrocers as well as seeking out specialist, artisan producers.  There are many reasons why supporting local makes sense, but quality and personalised experiences feature high on that list – by supporting independent businesses you'll be dealing with people that care and who are passionate about going the extra mile.  You'll also be buying lovingly crafted products unique to the area, often supporting generations of entrepreneurs who are driven to provide quality and authenticity.  What's not to love?   Here's a spotlight on just a few of our local food producers, all members of the Forest of Bowland Sustainable Tourism Network, or for further inspiration visit: www.forestofbowland.com/food-producers

Courtyard Dairy

The award-winning Courtyard Dairy, Austwick stocks and supplies a carefully chosen range of unusual and exquisite farmhouse cheeses, selected direct from individual farms.  Order the perfect Christmas cheese board online from them here: https://www.thecourtyarddairy.co.uk/shop/category/buy-cheese/

Goosnargh Gin

If your favourite tipple is a G&T, then look no further than Bowland-based gin producers Goosnargh Gin, lovingly crafted by Richard and Rachel Trenchard at their micro-distillery, based at the foot of Beacon Fell.  This small business offers Lancashire-wide, non-contact doorstep deliveries and national postal deliveries, or you can buy from one of their many stockists scattered across the area: https://goosnarghgin.co.uk/buy

Gazegill OrganicsYou can be sure of the quality of the produce at Gazegill Organics, their Rimington based farm has remained under the watchful eye of the Robinson Family for nearly 500 years. They follow an ethos that 'happy, healthy animals make better food with a traditional flavour'! Order raw milk, dairy and a wide range of rare breed organic meat boxes and products online: https://www.gazegillorganics.co.uk/christmas-38-c.asp

Bowland Outdoor Reared PorkGet your farm fresh Christmas meat ordered and delivered direct to your door from Bowland Outdoor Reared Pork, Beef and Lamb.   All their meat comes from their own animals which roam freely across more than 50 acres of lush farmland in Lowgill, on the northern fringe of the Forest of Bowland. Order direct here: www.bowlandpork.co.uk

Bowland Chocolate Company

Indulge in some luxury chocolates and treats all handmade in Slaidburn in the heart of the Forest of Bowland at the Bowland Chocolate Company. Angela uses natural, seasonal and where possible local ingredients in her chocolates, and her Christmas collection features Bailey's, cognac, amaretto and cherry bourbon – a mouth-watering combination!  To order chocolates visit: www.bowlandchocolatecompany.co.uk   

Support several local food and drink producers under one roof at the Bowland Food Hall, for Christmas you’ll find everything you need to create a tasty and stylish Christmas feast!  Shop online and have the produce delivered to your door the next day or click and collect from store.  Visit: https://bowlandfoodhall.com/

For gift ideas visit our directory of local arts and crafts producers https://www.forestofbowland.com/art-crafts-producers or why not discover something unique with a gift voucher for your loved ones to enjoy a break or experience in the beautiful Forest of Bowland during 2021, visit www.discoverbowland.org for ideas!

There are many fantastic initiatives to help you shop locally from the comfort of your home, including:

Enjoy the experience of supporting local and a Happy Christmas to you all!


Media man Mark joins Champion Bowland

19th November 2020

Mark SutcliffeFormer Clitheroe Royal Grammar School student Mark Sutcliffe has been appointed a Trustee of Champion Bowland, the grant-awarding charity helping projects in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Mark, who heads Clitheroe-based Salar Media Services, grew up in the Ribble Valley and is deeply committed to the Forest of Bowland and its communities.

He brings a wealth of media experience to Champion Bowland which is currently developing plans to expand support for projects that benefit the environment, local communities and visitors in the AONB.

Mark’s media career began as a journalist in East Lancashire newspapers including the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times and Burnley Express, and took him around the UK before he returned to his roots five years ago.

Over the last five years, he has provided regular communications support to the AONB team and when he isn’t at work, Mark spends much of his spare time walking or cycling in the Forest of Bowland.

He said: “It’s an honour to be asked to join the Champion Bowland team at such a pivotal moment. Farming, food, recreation and the environment are rapidly moving up everyone’s agenda and I’m looking forward to playing an active role in communicating the value of the Forest of Bowland’s wealth of natural assets to a wider audience.”

Champion Bowland chair Mike Pugh said: “We are delighted Mark has agreed to become a Trustee. He is joining at a time of change, not only within the charity as it seeks to develop a higher profile to support more projects, but also at a challenging time socially and economically across the country.”


Photo Competition Winners

18th November 2020

Damselfly on Grindleton Fell by Mark Harder

A big thank you to all the photographers who submitted entries to our October photo competition and well done to the final shortlisted 12 and thanks to all of you who cast your votes!

We can now announce our winning photographs to receive the prizes are:

• Mark Harder – 'Damselfly on Grindleton Fell'

• Hazel Stansfield – 'The cows of Thirty Acre Farm admiring Pendle Hill'The cows of Thirty Acre Farm admiring Pendle Hill by Hazel Stansfield

• Andrew Cowell – 'Ribble Valley autumn fog, near Downham'Ribble Valley autumn fog, near Downham by Andrew Cowell

Thanks also to the businesses who donated prizes:

Shireburn Arms - Dinner, bed and breakfast break

Bowland Food Hall - Local Produce Hamper

Cobden View Holiday Cottage - Milking Parlour cheese, butter & biscuit hamper

Look out for all the shortlisted images in our 2021 Discover Bowland Guide!


Bowland Champion Joins Champion Bowland

5th November 2020

It was announced today (Nov 5 2020) that William, 16th Lord of Bowland, an active and longstanding champion of the Forest of Bowland, its people, landscape, heritage and rural economy, is to become a Trustee of Champion Bowland.

Champion Bowland is a grant-making charity that helps fund local projects which benefit the environment, local communities and visitors within the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The notoriously camera-shy Lord of Bowland has a track record, dating back to 2009, of schools visits, sponsorship of business awards and local heritage, the commissioning of music (Songs of Bowland, an original choral composition by Lakeland composer Christopher Gibbs), and even the ceremonial unveiling of the occasional road sign. He also hosts the Annual Lord of Bowland Lecture at Browsholme Hall, a much-loved local history event due to celebrate its 10th anniversary this year (2020) but postponed because of Covid-19 restrictions.

William Bowland said: “I am honoured to be invited to become a Trustee of Champion Bowland, an outstanding charity that does so much for the Forest of Bowland, its people, landscape and visitors.  I look forward to contributing to its important work”.

Mike Pugh, chairman of Champion Bowland, said: “I’m delighted William Bowland, a committed champion of Bowland, is joining the ranks of Champion Bowland. William’s energy, dedication and vision will make a huge difference. We greatly look forward to working with him for the benefit of all those who live, work or visit our beautiful Forest”.

NOTES FOR EDITORS

WILLIAM, 16th LORD OF BOWLAND

William Bowland, 60, succeeded to the Lordship of Bowland in 2008.  Since then, he has worked tirelessly with the Forest of Bowland AONB to celebrate and promote Bowland, its people, landscape, heritage and rural economy.  For more information, see: https://www.forestofbowland.com/lordship-bowland

For further information, contact Margaret Wright on email: publicity@championbowland.org.uk  or tel: 01282 776285 or mob: 07989 401595.

https://www.championbowland.org.uk


COVID-19 Update 05.11.2020

5th November 2020

As we head into new national restrictions from 5th November, our over-riding priority is for both visitors and the residents of the Forest of Bowland to remain safe; and to ensure we don’t place undue pressure on public highways, emergency services or key workers.

If possible, please do exercise from home; for those who are not able to get out, have a look at our 'At Home in Bowland' online resources or re-visit some of our online Festival Bowland events which have taken place during 2020.

If you are making a special journey into the Forest of Bowland, please carefully consider your own wellbeing and that of the AONB's small communities: home to many vulnerable people and a working environment for farmers and land managers. Please consider the following:

  • Know the Countryside Code. Plan ahead, take a map and exercise within your limitations to keep pressure off local resources
  • As daylight hours are shorter and weather conditions are more severe be prepared and follow our latest 'Walking Safely' guidance: https://www.forestofbowland.com/walking-information#walkingsafely
  • Avoid hotspots and busy spots – if you arrive at a site or car park that is already busy, please find an alternative
  • Leave no trace. Take all your litter home
  • All eateries, venues, attractions, accommodation, non-essential retail, museums and galleries will be closed until at least 2nd December. Some eateries will be operating a takeaway service, but please check with individual providers before visiting them.
  • Be kind and respect one another.

Full details of national restrictions can be found HERE and please continue to follow the general guidance:

  • HANDS - Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.
  • FACE - Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • SPACE - Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)

Stay home if you have any of the symptoms and get a test as soon as possible.


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