Archive for March, 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nearly 700 runners took to mid-Northumberland’s roads for the Wallington Morpeth Half Marathon – shattering organisers already high expectations for the picturesque race.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.