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Harehope Quarry Project

Sustainable living in a natural environment

A call to action?

The film ‘Tomorrow’ was a very positive, and in many ways, re-assuring commentary on community solutions to the crises the planet faces.  It re-affirmed again that if we want to live in a different world we have to stand up…
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Green Tourism

The Harehope Quarry Project has been awarded Gold Level rating following a Green Tourism grading visit.  We have lots of future plans for the site so we hope to retain this grading in the coming years.

Screening of the film ‘Tomorrow’

There are now just a couple of places left for the screening of ‘Tomorrow”.  These are the details: Saturday 18 March, 5.30pm start Already viewed by over 1.5 million people in France alone, and winner of Best Documentary at the…
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New recruits

We have welcomed new recruits to the project this week in the form of eight Hardwick sheep.  having completed the planting and fencing of Cave’s Batts field we have now successfully introduced the sheep to graze down the rank grass…
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River bank protection

We have been planting up the river bank at Cave’s Batts, a stretch of the River Wear between Frosterley and Wolsingham, to try and prevent further erosion.  The 120m stretch has been fenced and planted with a mix of deciduous…
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Tree planting

The next few weeks will see intensive efforts to plant more trees before the weather does really start to get warmer.  A bed of basket willow has been planted this week and pruning has begun on the fedge.  The cuttings…
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Geography fieldwork

Students from Durham University’s Foundation Centre have been in this week undertaking fieldwork as part of their geography course.  They were conducting a river investigation into the changing characteristics of the river along the long profile and looking at the controls…
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Preparing for another fruitful summer

Last year was a bumper year for fruit production – plums, apples, black currants,  red currants, cherry plum and rhubarb were all very successful from our orchard and forest garden.  We are just starting to prepare for next season and to…
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First school visit

We’ve had our first school visit of the season today.  Years 4, 5 and 6 from Frosterley Primary School came to do a river study.  Everywhere was very wet and muddy but the river levels were low and the children made…
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First signs of spring

I know it is still only January but it felt like spring in the quarry this morning.  A great time to get out and about and explore.  There is lots to see at the moment; goosander fishing in the river,…
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