Jennifer Care, Revitalising Redesdale Farming and Wildlife Officer shares experiences from Redesdale and ideas for connecting with nature.
As promised, this week’s ‘My Revitalising Redesdale’ is the second part of our Battle of Otterburn double-bill. If you missed last week’s, catch up here. Join historian and author John Sadler for an in-depth look at our current understanding of how the Battle of Otterburn played out, what we do and don’t know and some […]
We are handing over to Geoffrey Carter of The Battlefields Trust for this week’s My Revitalising Redesdale blog, the first of a Battle of Otterburn double-bill. Next week, Military Historian John Sadler will talk through the current understanding of how the battle played out, as well as the uncertainties we are hoping to shed light […]
A huge thank you to Sue Thouret for this week’s My Revitalising Redesdale blog. This week we are taking you on a (virtual) guided walk around West Woodburn, East Woodburn and Ridsdale, taking in the astounding array of history on offer in this part of the Rede, Broomhope, and Lisles valleys. Sue describes ten historical […]
To help commemorate VE Day 75, this week’s My Revitalising Redesdale highlights a piece of Redesdale’s hidden wartime history on Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s newest nature reserve. Thanks to Duncan Hutt at Northumberland Wildlife Trust for sharing this with us. Benshaw Moor is Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s newest reserve. One of the aims of 2020 was to […]
Reflections on meteorological conditions in Redesdale by Jennifer Care, Revitalising Redesdale Farming and Wildlife Officer. From glorious sunny days, donning sun hat and sun cream, to cold days with sleet going sideways, attired in wellies, lots of layers and full waterproofs, leading practical conservation tasks in Redesdale has me out in almost all weathers. The […]
In case you missed it, the Otterburn Training Area (OTA) featured twice in 2019’s Ministry of Defence Sustainability Magazine, Sanctuary. The two articles, Walking Underwater and Breeding Under Bridges (p.g. 40) and The Beauty of Bunkers (p.g. 68), highlight the unique natural and built heritage on the OTA, as well as the essential work to […]
This week for My Revitalising Redesdale, we are taking a break from our team’s stories to bring you quite a different view of Redesdale and its neighbouring valleys through the beautiful and characterful art of Sam Douglas. Many Redesdale residents will recognise the location of our featured painting: The Three Kings, near Byrness. Sam Douglas […]
Hello! It’s Nick Lightfoot, Revitalising Redesdale’s Programme Officer, here for our latest instalment of the My Revitalising Redesdale blog. Discovering Redesdale In December 2017, I was looking for a career change and came across a position with Natural England for a Revitalising Redesdale Programme Assistant. “Redesdale, I wonder where Redesdale is …” I thought to […]
As we’re all stuck indoors for the foreseeable future, we have decided to bring Redesdale to you through your computer/phone screens. Over the next few months we will be sharing some of our highlights from the Revitalising Redesdale scheme and giving an oversight of what we’ve been doing and what it is like to work […]
Did you know the beautiful landscape of Redesdale has inspired several poets? One of the most famous pieces, ‘The Lay of the Reedwater Minstrel’, was written by Robert Roxby in 1809. Andy Curtis, a seasoned Revitalising Redesdale volunteer, has written a blog post about this poem and Robert Roxby. It is a fascinating insight into […]
Please note: Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, there may be delays to scheduling of interviews and appointment for this position. We are looking to appoint a confident and enthusiastic person to join our team in an exciting development role as a Revitalising Redesdale Trainee Assistant with a particular work focus on Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s […]
We are following government guidelines in our response to Covid-19. We have cancelled all of our community and volunteer events, training, meetings and site visits and fieldwork for the foreseeable future, until we have more information. We hope to be able to reschedule events to new dates later in the year. In the meantime, we […]
Our River Rede Improvements Project was featured in the Winter 2019 edition of Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s magazine, Roebuck. Download the full story here. Or visit out River Rede project page.
Our excavation of possible prehistoric features at Bellshiel was carried out in August 2019, in partnership with the MoD and Operation Nightingale. An archaeological evaluation report for the dig has been produced by Wessex Archaeology. You can download the full report here: The main conclusions of the report are: Excavation of Site 1, a circular […]
Our excavation of an Iron Age/Romano-British enclosed settlement at Rattenraw was carried out in July and August 2019. An initial archaeological evaluation report for the excavation has now been produced by The Archaeological Practice. You can download the full report here: The main conclusions of the report are: The site is confirmed as of Iron […]
2019 has been a really exciting year for Revitalising Redesdale. We want to thank all our partners, volunteers, and the fantastic communities of Redesdale for their support and enthusiasm! See below a poster showcasing our highlights from 2019. These are by no means the only achievements, if you would like to find out more about […]
An Historic Crossing at Smoutel Ford is Reinstated The Revitalising Redesdale Partnership has rebuilt the historic bridleway across the Rede valley, allowing walkers and riders to enjoy trails between Monkridge Hill and Otterburn for the first time in decades. The ford access work is part of the River Improvement Project. It is designed to mimic a naturally […]
Revitalising Redesdale’s Lost Redesdale community archaeology project worked with North of the Wall Tynedale Archaeology Group (NOWTAG) and volunteers to survey approximately 43 hectares of land at Chattlehope Farm, near Catcleugh Reservoir. The survey identified 27 sites of potential archaeological interest and trained volunteers in how to conduct a Level 1 Archaeological Survey. The survey […]
We’re saying #ThanksToYou to National Lottery players with free entry to our Dark Skies and Dark Deeds event
This year is the 25th Birthday of The National Lottery, and we’re excited to be a part of the celebrations by joining in the #ThanksToYou campaign, which celebrates the contribution of National Lottery players in supporting good causes over the past 25 years! Since The National Lottery’s first draw took place on 19 November 1994, […]
“We hope that this award marks the beginning of Redesdale becoming a safe haven for one of our greatest natural treasures, the native honey bee.” – Dr. Dorian Pritchard, Redesdale Beekeeping Group We are delighted to announce the Redesdale Beekeeping Group have been awarded £2,000 through our Community Heritage Fund for their work conserving the […]
9th October, 2019 – Otterburn We thoroughly enjoyed meeting Redesdale’s farmers and land managers this week to visit sites along the River Rede. With the help of our partners – Natural England, The Environment Agency, Northumberland National Park Authority, Groundwork NE & Cumbria and participating farmers – we had a great discussion about how farmers […]
Your brief on what the team and partners have been getting up to
An archaeological dig has resulted in significant finds being discovered on a Redesdale farm, including 2,000-year-old jewellery. The excavation, which took place at Rattenraw Farm from 22nd July – 2nd August, was organized as part of Revitalising Redesdale’s ‘Lost Redesdale’ community archaeology project. Fifty-three volunteers took part in the dig, with people of all ages, […]
River restoration work starts this week at Smoutel Ford, West Woodburn. Revitalising Redesdale Partnership will rebuild the historic bridleway across the Rede valley, allowing walkers and riders to enjoy trails between Monkridge Hill and Otterburn for the first time in decades. The river crossing at Smoutel Ford was lost because so much stone and gravel […]
Discover Redesdale, browse the interactive map and view points of interest, pictures and text, or even add your own information!
Revitalising Redesdale Partners are delivering a range of projects to “inspire and enable us all to care for Redesdale."
There are many events covering a wide range of topics and activities, find out what's on in Redesdale over the next few months.