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My Revitalising Redesdale: The Battle of Otterburn (Part 2)

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 […]

My Revitalising Redesdale: The Battle of Otterburn

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 […]

My Revitalising Redesdale: A Walk Through Time with Redesdale Ramblers

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 […]

My Revitalising Redesdale – Relics of WWII on Benshaw Moor

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 […]

My Revitalising Redesdale – The Great Redesdale Weather

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 […]

Otterburn Training Area in the News (2019)

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 […]

My Revitalising Redesdale – Sam Douglas

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 […]

My Revitalising Redesdale – Nick’s Story

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 […]

Introducing: My Revitalising Redesdale

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 […]

The Lay of the Reedwater Minstrel

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 […]

Job Alert: Revitalising Redesdale – Trainee Assistant – Closing 30th March 2020

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 […]

Revitalising Redesdale and COVID-19

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 […]

River Rede Action Update

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.

Archaeological Excavation report produced for Bellshiel

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 […]

Excavation report produced for Rattenraw

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 […]

A Fantastic Year for Redesdale!

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 […]

Revitalising Redesdale Newsletter – November 2019

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 […]

Community Archaeology Landscape Survey Report for Chattlehope Farm, Catcleugh

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 […]

Community Heritage Fund to Help Conserve the Native ‘Dark’ Honey Bee

“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 […]

Farming and Water Event for Farmers, Land Managers, and Landowners

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 […]

Bead-y Eyes uncover Iron Age artefacts

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 Rede Restoration Work Starts at Smoutel Ford

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 […]

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