Our Leaders' Landscape Training Sessions are aimed at outdoor practitioners to help deepen their understanding of Cumbria’s landscapes and enable them to pass on their new-found knowledge to those with whom they work. The sessions are also offered as accredited Continuous Professional Development training through the Mountain Training Association.

Why Landscape Matters

Landscape is our support system without which we could not exist. Everyone depends on landscape for food, water, fuel and clean air.

A beautiful and diverse landscape with a wealth of wildlife and human history inspires and enriches our lives and provides a ‘natural health service’ for mind and body. But our fragile landscapes are under threat as never before, not least from climate change, and our challenge is to understand, support and enhance them.

Leaders' Landscape Training Programme 2020

PROGRAMME DETAILS

BOOKING ESSENTIAL - Please note all Leaders' Landscape events are now full. We can take names for a waiting list.

To book on a session or to be added to our mailing list to receive information about the programme, please contact [email protected] or phone 01539 720788. Places are LIMITED this year due to Covid-19 and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

THEME

CUMBRIA’S RAINFORESTS. An introduction to an important aspect of our natural heritage. 

DATE & LOCATION

Where: ULLSWATER

THURSDAY 10th September

Meet: Aira Force Car Park, nr. Watermillock, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0JS – NY 400 200

Time: 10:00 a.m. –16:00p.m.

ACTIVITY GRADE:

Moderate

SESSION CONTENT

The Lake District National Park is renowned for its dramatic scenery, with the highest mountains and deepest lakes enticing visitors from all across the globe. For those who enjoy this landscape, there is an element to the Cumbrian countryside that is often left overlooked…rainforests, Cumbria’s rainforests.

Within Britain, our temperate rainforests are more commonly known as Atlantic woodlands and are one of the richest and most treasured habitats found within the UK. These ecosystems are teeming with biodiversity and showcase some of the most exceptional lifeforms found within the British Isles.

Join April Windle, a British Lichen Society representative, to appreciate and truly understand the importance of this special habitat. This session will provide an introduction to Atlantic woodlands and the lower plants that characterise Cumbria’s rainforests, focusing on their fragility and conservation going forward. 

LEADER(S)

April Windle (British Lichen Society representative)

THEME

ARCHAEOLOGY: Hidden Landscapes - the Archaeology of Great Asby Scar

DATE & LOCATION

Where: ORTON

WEDS 7th October

Meet: Orton market square, NY 622083

Time: 10:00 a.m. –16:00p.m.

ACTIVITY GRADE:

Easy although the limestone pavement will be slippery if wet.

SESSION CONTENT

The Westmorland Dales is a beautiful but relatively overlooked area of Cumbria which lies to the north of the Howgills. It was included in the extended Yorkshire Dales National Park in 2016 in recognition of its outstanding landscape which, being based on limestone, is more in keeping with the Yorkshire Dales than the Lake District. It also has a very rich cultural heritage and in the past has been described as one of the best preserved prehistoric archaeological landscapes north of Salisbury Plain. 

The day will give you an insight into how this landscape has been shaped by people since the end of the ice age 12,000 years ago including remains from the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages as well as the last 2,000 years. David will explain about the work of the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership, which has been grant funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and its role in revealing the hidden landscape of the area. Hannah will talk in more detail about a number of the projects including the archaeological survey of Great Asby Scar which has already identified 300 new sites to add to the Historic Environment Record. Friends of the Lake District is the lead partner for the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme and works closely with the Yorkshire Dales National Park and other partners in its delivery.

LEADER(S)

David Evans, Scheme Manager; Hannah Kingsbury, Cultural Heritage Officer; both Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership

THEME

PEAT AND PATHS

DATE & LOCATION

Where: ARMBOTH, THIRLMERE

THURS  15th October

Meet: Armboth UU car park NY305,172

Time: 10:00 a.m. –15:30 p.m.

ACTIVITY GRADE:

Moderate/Strenuous

SESSION CONTENT

Peat in the fells presents a particular challenge. Its importance these days as a carbon store and ecological habitat is well recognised, but it is extremely fragile and vulnerable to trampling. Where paths cross deep peat, it presents particular problems and challenges.

The purpose of this session will be to look at the complex issues of access and peat. The going can be very wet underfoot!

LEADER(S)

Richard Fox – Fix the Fells Ranger, LDNP

THEME

RESTORING HARDKNOTT FOREST

DATE & LOCATION

Where: HARDKNOTT, ESKDALE

WEDS  21st  October

Meet: Birks Bridge Car Park Grid Reference SD234995 on the minor road between Cockley Beck and Seathwaite.

Time: 10:00 a.m. –15:00 p.m.

ACTIVITY GRADE:

Moderate

SESSION CONTENT

Hardknott Forest is a 630 hectare conifer plantation in the upper reaches of the Duddon valley. Originally planted in the 1930’s, the plantation is reaching maturity and felling is now taking place.

After consultation with local people and organisations, Forestry England have decided to restore the entire plantation to native habitats of oak and birch woodland, bogs, heather and grassland. This initiative represents a historic opportunity to create the largest semi-natural woodland in the Lake District; linking Hardknott Forest with the existing Duddon Valley Woodlands, a series of ancient oak woodlands that snake down the valley and all the way to the coast.

We are gradually removing areas of non-native trees, whic allows native trees such as oak, birch and willow to naturally regenerate.

The new native woodland will benefit a range of local wildlife. The area supports rare species such as dormice, otters, adders and wood ants. Birds increasingly seen here include green and great spotted woodpeckers, jays and bullfinches. Monitoring of the wildlife and vegetation is an ongoing and fascinating part of the project.

 

LEADER(S)

John Hodgson, Restoring Hardknott Forest Project Officer

“I thought the trainer was excellent. Very knowledgeable about wildlife and explained things in a very clear way. Usually when I go out on the Fells it is about getting from A to B. This day demonstrated that it’s not how many miles you cover but what you take time to look at on the way that is important!”

“Fantastic location, lots of information in a short distance. Great trainer.”

“Excellent, informative, enjoyable.”

“Really interesting day - refreshing to learn something new.”

LEADERS' LANDSCAPE TRAINING SESSIONS are accredited by Mountain Training Association and are recognised as Continuous Professional Development for members.

Friends of the Lake District’s Leaders' Landscape Training Programme for 2020 is kindly sponsored by:

www.conquerlakedistrict.co.uk CONQUER Lake District design and create National Park goods that have a touch of the nostalgia about them.