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It is no secret that we have had a milder winter than usual - and we have seen a lot of rain over the past month. Our thoughts go out to those across the area who have suffered the most from the recent flooding incidents. 

Hopefully spring will bring some uplifting times. We are starting to see lambs out in the field, evidence of birds getting ready to nest and more new life across the landscape. 
Pendle Hill Volunteers
The end of the winter season is now upon us, which means the end of the woodland management work for our volunteers. We are looking forward to see how the work activity we have been doing will start benefiting the wider woodland and ground flora in the spring and summer. 

Our new volunteer program is now up and running, and we have lots of different activities for you to get involved in over the next few months, from path maintenance to peat restoration, invasive species removal to meadow management. 

We have also been facilitating tree planting activity with young people from Lancashire Police Cadets and our partners Ribble Rivers Trust. If you are part of a group that would like to get involved in some outdoor volunteering please get in touch.
Take a look at our new volunteer programme here
Peat and Path Restoration on Pendle Moor
In partnership with the Ribble Rivers Trust, we have been supporting more peat and path restoration on Pendle Hill - focusing on an area on Pendle Moor and the source of Mearley Brook. The restoration work aims to prevent erosion and restore the peatland as a carbon store. The path restoration will also aim to prevent further erosion by encouraging walkers to stay on the designated routes. This work is ongoing so if you are walking around that area please be aware of the machinery.
Find out more
Chatburn to Downham Concessionary Bridleway
Work has now begun on the creation of a section of path between the villages of Chatburn and Downham. This 1km concessionary bridleway will be open to walkers, cyclists and horse riders. We hope that people will feel safer using this route rather than walking along this busy stretch of road. The bridleway is not yet finished, so please don't attempt to use it just yet. We hope it will be ready to be used by Easter. 
Downham Information Barn Developments
We are also working closely with Ribble Valley Borough Council and the Downham Estate to develop the information barn next to Downham Car Park. It will be brightened up with a new window, more information about how to enjoy the area and new cycle friendly features. The information barn is currently closed until this work is finished. The toilets remain open. 
Traditional Boundaries
Over the past few months we have had both professional hedgelayers and dry stone wallers out across the Pendle Hill landscape repairing and restoring our traditional boundaries. We also have training and volunteering opportunities for beginner and more experienced dry stone wallers planned throughout the spring and summer. 
Learn more about the Traditional Boundaries project
Pendle Hill Fund 2020
The Pendle Hill Fund main grants scheme will re-open on Monday 6th April for landscape and heritage projects looking for between £2000 and £10000 for activities within the Pende Hill Landscape Partnership area.The Small Grants scheme is currently open and is available for projects looking for £500 or below.

Year 2 projects are currently underway and includes lots of different types of activity. There has been the installation of 2 new picnic benches along the Martholme Greenway, the start of an oral heritage project in Rimington and traditional boundary training days for Clitheroe Young Farmers - to name just a few things!
Find out more about the Pendle Hill Fund
Clitheroe Young Farmers during their 2 day dry stone walling course
John Muir Award
The PHLP are now a provider of the John Muir Award, and will look to support two different programmes of activity over spring and summer 2020. We will be supporting a number of local families to achieve their John Muir Discovery Award through supported activity sessions across the landscape. Local Lancashire Police Cadets will also be completing their John Muir award by discovering, exploring and conserving local green space areas. Families can also independently complete their John Muir Award - it's a great way to explore local nature in free time!
Find out more about how the John Muir Award on the John Muir Trust website
72 Seasons
Thank you to everyone who has got involved in 72 seasons so far! We hope you stay with us on our journey throughout the year.

If you haven't got involved yet- we can help! Our project, 72 seasons, tracks the changes in nature every 4 or 5 days. You don't need a garden or to go for long walker to take part and it can all be done online. 
Find out more about how to get involved as we head into spring
Pendle Radicals
The Pendle Radicals project, led by Mid Pennine Arts plus a dedicated team of volunteer researchers, made a spectacular contribution to the first ever British Textile Biennial, which took over a number of historic spaces around Pennine Lancashire before Christmas. 1,200 people visited the huge Radicals exhibition Banner Culture in the majestic, derelict space of the old Brierfield Mill. Now this stunning display is featured in a new short film of the Biennial by Huckleberry Films, released recently. 
Watch the film here
Upcoming Events
Summit re-seeding day!
Date: Sunday 3rd May
Location: Summit of Pendle Hill
We are looking for you to join our volunteers in helping with the continuation of peat restoration work at the summit of the hill. Other activities may be included! Please save the date and look out for more information soon. 
Walling Competition
Date: Sunday 17th May
Location: Fence
Look out for more information coming soon about this competition. Definitely something to get along and watch, even if you have never done any dry stone walling before. 
About the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership
The Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership is a four year programme of activities and events based around the heritage and landscape of Pendle Hill, led by the Forest of Bowland AONB and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund. The scheme has five aims:
  • We will restore, enhance and conserve the heritage and landscape of Pendle Hill
  • We will re-connect people with the landscape
  • We will re-connect people and the past
  • We will bring together two sides of the hill
  • We will create a sustainable future for the environment, heritage and for visitor's experience of Pendle Hill.
Don't forget to check out our latest film reviewing the past few months of activity on our YouTube channel!
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