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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

A place of inspiration, leisure or work? Moorlands project wants your views

For some people, moorlands are tranquil places to enjoy long walks, for others a place of inspiration, and still others a place of work. This is the thinking behind the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership’s new oral history project which will record how people experience the area’s remote uplands.

A place of inspiration or work ... the moorlands
of Upper Nidderdale. Photo by L Fox.
The stunning moorland landscape was once common land that was enclosed in the 19th century facilitating a growth in private shooting estates. Today, much of it in Upper Nidderdale is still actively managed for shooting and the numerous public rights of way and open access mean that these uplands are enjoyed by many in their leisure time.

Moorlands: People, Places, Stories is a new project that aims to tell the story of the area through the stories and reminisces of the people who live, work and visit there, both now and in the past.

As a result of Heritage Lottery funding. the initiative will bring together a group of volunteers to research moorland history and organise oral history recordings. The information will appear on the partnership’s website and in a booklet. The project is managed by Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Historic Nidderdale project officer Louise Brown said: "Everyone has a story to tell. Many people have a connection with the moorland of Upper Nidderdale, be it walking, wildlife, shooting or farming, to give just a few examples.

"We would love to hear anyone, young and old and also from people who would like to help record these fascinating stories and research the landscape surrounding them."

The project is holding an open meeting on Saturday 16 April, 10:30am – 12:30pm, in Pateley Bridge council chamber which will also be attended by a team from the University of York and Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership. Further information: email louise.brown@harrogate.gov.uk  or telephone 01423 712950

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