The time has come again to start thinking about our events and activities for 2020.
We will be adding events to the website throughout the year but a few regulars and some new comers have already been added. These include our seasonal Natural Explorers events, which this year are being run in collaboration with the Weardale Wildlife Group and a basket making and wild food forage and campfire cooking event with Wild North Discovery.
We also have lots of projects planned for this year. We hope to compete the refurbishment of the old straw bale workshop and the new extension so we can run green woodworking courses and attract other craft workers to join here at Harehope Quarry. We also have planning permission to build a walkers’ shelter adjacent to the Weardale Way and are currently looking for funding to make this happen, which will create lots of opportunities for community involvement. The shelter will present us with ‘two views’ – physically a view across and ‘up’ Weardale and (through a dedicated window) to the skies above and intellectually grounding us in the working heritage of Weardale but challenging us to create a sustainable vision of the future. Hence the name of the project is ‘Two Views from a Thicket’. We’ll keep you updated as funding applications are submitted.
If that’s not enough we continue to try and grow our own food and make the most of the natural resources produced from the management of this Local Wildlife Site. As ever, far more tasks than we are likely to achieve but it keeps us out of trouble!