Spring 2017

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Children from St Mary's RCVA Primary School getting stuck in to tree planting at Bale Hill Wood near Allensford with the Woodland Trust.
Welcome to the Land of Oak & Iron Landscape Partnership Newsletter

Spring is well and truly in the air, its a beautiful time of year to experience our wonderful heritage.  In this newsletter find out how your group can get take part in our first Local Groups Forum, make a note of the many ways you can get involved in caring for our natural habitats and find out what's been happening over the winter.
Don't forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with everything going on in the Land of Oak & Iron.
Which adorable native mammal am I?

If you've ever wondered what the difference is between a robin and a blackbird song, or where you might glimpse sight of an otter, then the wildlife surveys are for you.  These free training sessions focus on a wide range of wildlife species and habitats as well as geology.  (It's a dormouse!).

Find dates and booking details
Derwent means 'valley thick with oaks'

Oak woodlands are an integral part of the Land of Oak & Iron landscape and this winter has seen 20,000 trees being planted in new woodlands near Allensford to replace those lost over the centuries.  Alongside this, a Making Woodlands Work event has been run as part of a national Forestry Commission initiative, providing practical advice and support to woodland owners, encouraging them to bring woodlands back into sustainable management.

Join the Woodland Conservation Team to do your bit to protect our local woodlands for the future.
Volunteers in the spotlight

We've held some fabulous events recently, made possible by our amazing volunteers.

In February we illuminated Gibside with a light painting demo, encouraging visitors to see this National Trust property in a different way to the usual daytime sights.  We also had a guided walk exploring Hollinside Manor, led by volunteer walk leaders who were happy to share their considerable knowledge of the local history.

Look out for lots more events as we develop this year's programme.
Local Groups Forum: how we can help you

For the first time local groups are being offered a fantastic opportunity to come together to find out more about how being involved with Land of Oak & Iron can help them.  The Forum is a free event on the morning of Saturday 1st April and finishes with lunch.

Full details and booking form
Funding available: apply for a grant now
The Community Grants programme is now open for applications.  Apply for £500 - £2,000 for projects which help people discover and enjoy the heritage of Land of Oak & Iron.  The next deadline is 28th April.

Full details and online application form
16th - 24th Sept: Explore Festival 
More details to be released soon
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... to share your photos if you'd like to be in with a chance of having your image included in next year's calendar.

... there are many paths and cycle routes in our area, now spring is here get out and explore!  Fresh air and gentle exercise have many health benefits.
Heritage Centre Update
The outcome of the main funding bids for the new Heritage Centre should be known by July, if they are successful the building will be closer to being built by summer 2018.
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