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Calling all bakers – your country needs you!

Calling all bakers – your country needs you!

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  March 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

Budding North East bakers are being called on to help make an edible map of the UK for the London 2012 Festival. Cakebook Briitain will take place in Gateshead’s Saltwell Park on July 15 as part of the wider NewcastleGateshead Eat! Festival taking place between July 13-29, 2012.

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Northumberland Wildlife Trust says farewell to Lord Ridley

Northumberland Wildlife Trust says farewell to Lord Ridley

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  March 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

Lord Ridley of Blagdon, one of the biggest supporters of Northumberland Wildlife Trust, has died. He was President of the Trust for many years. He was a keen and dedicated supporter of the trust, and donated to many trust wildlife and landscape projects.

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Northumberland Wildlife Trust concerned about Pygmy hedgehogs

Northumberland Wildlife Trust concerned about Pygmy hedgehogs

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  March 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

Northumberland Wildlife Trust is asking people to think twice before getting an African Pygmy hedgehog as a domestic pet. The organisation is concerned that many people are acquiring these creatures for children to be kept as pets. But families then discover he hedgehogs cannot be easily handled the way a hamster or gerbil can, and release the little hedgehogs into the open where they cannot fend for themselves.

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North Pennines helps with learning the ancient craft of dry stone walling

North Pennines helps with learning the ancient craft of dry stone walling

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  March 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

Two men will learn the ancient skill of dry stone walling in the coming summer months. The men will be part of the four-year Heritage Landscape Skills project which is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. They will learn the craft in the North Pennines AONB in the North of England. The two trainees are Lee Hope of Warburton Crescent, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear and Dale Pattinson of Highfields, Tow Law, County Durham.

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Help Northumberland Wildlife Trust survey wildlife across the region

Help Northumberland Wildlife Trust survey wildlife across the region

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  March 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

Northumberland Wildlife Trust wants people in North East England to take part in a wildlife survey being run by People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES). This is the 10th annual PTES Living with Mammals Survey and is taking place this year between Wednesday 28 March and Tuesday 26 June.

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Tarmac staff help at NWT nature reserve

Tarmac staff help at NWT nature reserve

Other posts by  |  Kevin OHara on Google+ |  March 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

Staff and volunteers from Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Tarmac have been busy planting shrubs at Broadoak Quarry, near Ebchester. This is NWT’s newest nature reserve.

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Geordie gods: Cheryl, Shearer . . . Cocidius

Geordie gods: Cheryl, Shearer . . . Cocidius

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  March 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

An altar to Roman god Cocidius will be on display at a new exhibition display at Housesteads Roman Fort in Northumberland, beginning at the end of March, 2012. This god was worshipped by the Romans and ancient Britons in northern England. There are inscriptions to him along Hadrian’s Wall and he was incorporated into the pantheon of Roman gods when the Romans arrived in Britain.

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Wallington Morpeth runners made most of spring sunshine

Wallington Morpeth runners made most of spring sunshine

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  March 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

Nearly 700 runners took to mid-Northumberland’s roads for the Wallington Morpeth Half Marathon – shattering organisers already high expectations for the picturesque race.

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Harry Potter train on track for the Scottish Borders

Harry Potter train on track for the Scottish Borders

Other posts by  |  March 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

Tourist train operators in Scotland have backed proposals for an upgrade of the planned rail terminus in Tweedbank. They believed that the move to accommodate longer trains on the new line between Edinburgh and the Borders will attract more visitors to the Scottish Borders and could earn the local economy an extra £500,000 a year. Trains include the Harry Potter train Hogwarts Express.

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Borders bike festival set to be biggest in UK

Borders bike festival set to be biggest in UK

Other posts by  |  March 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Tweedlove Bike Festival 2012 will be what is hoped to be the biggest and most comprehensive programme of events in the UK. It will run from May 26 ’til Tuesday June 5 and is confidently predicted to attract riders from across the country. It will also be a massive boost to Scottish Borders tourism.

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WIN a break at Newcastle’s newest hotel

WIN a break at Newcastle’s newest hotel

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  March 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

www.thisisnorthumberland.com has teamed up with Sleeperz Newcastle, the city’s first and only design-led premium budget hotel to offer a lucky reader a chance to win a two-night stay for two with breakfast.

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Wallington Morpeth Run Northumberland off to racing start this weekend

Wallington Morpeth Run Northumberland off to racing start this weekend

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  March 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

Wallington Morpeth will form the eye-catching backdrop this weekend to the first of this year’s Run Northumberland challenge races. Around 650 club and amateur runners are expected to line-up on Sunday (March 25) for the Wallington Half Marathon – 250 more than for the race’s first outing in 2011.

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Lindisfarne Castle is fitted with solar panels

Lindisfarne Castle is fitted with solar panels

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  March 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

Lindisfarne Castle in Northumberlandcared for by the National Trust is set to go green thanks to solar power. Solar panels are installed on the castle root.

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Council grant for Tyne project

Council grant for Tyne project

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  March 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

Northumberland Wildlife Trust has received funding from Newcastle City Council to survey the River Tyne within the boundaries of the City of Newcastle.

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Wildfire simulation exercise at Breamish

Wildfire simulation exercise at Breamish

Other posts by  |  Frances Whitehead on Google+ |  March 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

A multi-agency wildfire simulation exercise is to be held at a newly-constructed fire pond on the Linhope Estate, Breamish Valley this week.

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Harnessing horse power in North Pennines

Harnessing horse power in North Pennines

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  March 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Forestry Commission and the North Pennine AONB Partnership have linked up with landowner Noelle Wright, to revitalise centuries-old Chapel House Wood at Allendale near Hexham in Northumberland. This is part of a major push across the region to improve the condition of the oldest woodlands.

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National climate award for North Pennines AONB

National climate award for North Pennines AONB

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  March 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

The North Pennines AONB Partnership has received a national award for the part it is playing in tackling the effects of climate change. The Partnership’s Peatland Programme won the category ‘Best Initiative by a Local or Regional Body’ in the Climate Week Awards announced in London recently.

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