Programme 4: Resourceful People

RP_BlockThrough time this area has provided a home and a livelihood to resourceful people. People here have always worked hard for a living and many have needed more than one job to make ends meet. This is as true now as it has been in the past. Community spirit is strong, and whether born and bred or more recently living here, people have a strong link to the landscape and a willingness to come together to celebrate it.


Click on the links below for information on the five projects within this programme:

2014 programme update

Our Countryside Officers JP Brayford and Mandi Perkins have been out and about visiting farmers and smallholders as part of our ‘Farming & Smallholding’ project.  JP and Mandi can provide advice or signposting to other support and we have a small grant available for work to conserve or enhance natural or built heritage. For more information access our small grant information pack and application form here when available.

We have organised a couple of training events for farmers in the Welsh part of our Scheme area, the first enabling farmers to hear about free support and advice on offer, the second offering free and confidential help with Glastir and farm business management advice on an individual basis.  An Open Farm Sunday event in June was  kindly hosted by Mr Wynford Jones at Oakdale Farm, Churchstoke.

We have also been working with Natural England to help farmers coming out of an Environmentally Sensitive Area Scheme and wanting to go in to Uplands Environmental Stewardship Scheme [UELS] within a very short window of time in the busy farming year.  We have paid for specialist advisers to help some farmers work out if they are able to go into UELS and maintain the good work they started under the previous environmental scheme.

As part of our ‘Young People & Heritage‘ project Jon Bielstein, our Education Officer, has been working in this first year of the Scheme to build relationships with existing environmental education providers.  He has been working with Norbury School and with Mary Webb School and Science College to support their John Muir Award work and will be completing the John Muir Award with other local primary schools from September 2014.  He is also working with Stiperstones Primary School in preparation for the Great Stiperstones Bioblitz event this summer.  Jon is also hoping to launch a new Youth Rangers Programme later this year, which will involve young people in undertaking active conservation and traditional skills. Look out for our family events as part of our 2014 events programme

Jon will also be running a number of Heritage Skills taster courses this coming autumn so look out for training dates as part of our forthcoming events list.

Local people in the communities of Churchstoke, Hyssington, White Grit and Priest Weston are being asked during Summer 2014 about what projects they would like to take forward as part of the ‘Down to Earth‘ project. The idea  is that people identify, develop and take forward projects around the special landscape or heritage of their own local area – this could be to restore a particular feature, or to celebrate a local story or legend.  If you particularly value something in your community and would like to get involved contact Joe Penfold. Look out for a number of events being run during July and August 2014 to raise awareness of the special landscape of the Churchstoke area.

Linked to many of our other projects, ‘Accessible records‘ will allow people to get involved in collating, digitising and archiving records and making them available to the public either through new local history centres or via a new interactive website.