• iPhone App for the Breamish Valley

    Friday 16th September 2011

    In 2010, we recorded local people and Northumberland National Park staff talking about the Breamish Valley and produced 40 x 2-minute sound clips and loaded them onto 5, sustainable sound boxes that have been located at strategic points in the valley.

    Audio provides a un-intrusive means of delivering interpretation and can be delivered in a number of different ways. Focus group research showed that young adults, an audience under-represented amongst visitors to the National Park like to use apps. Will an app about a beautiful valley in the National Park encourage them to visit?  Will other audiences use it too?



    Friday 5th August 2011

    Bowles Green Limited has been contracted to produce a Learning, Access and Community Engagement Plan to support a Stage 2 Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership Scheme bid by the Solway Wetlands Project.  The English Solway Coast has the second largest area of raised mire in England and the project aims to help conserve and enhance this and other wetland habitat and enable more people to enjoy it.

    Boardwalk across Bowness Common

    The project is being developed by a partnership including the Solway Coast AONB, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Natural England and the RSPB.


    Thursday 30th June 2011

    The first charity bike ride on the new Yorkshire Wolds Cycleway has been organized for the weekend of the 16th and 17th July, 2011. Participants aim to cover 146 miles over 2 days of riding.

    The cycle event will raise money for Ryedale Special Family, a charity that aims to support children and young adults with disabilities and special needs, as well as their families and/or carers.

    If you are interested in getting involved or sponsoring the event, then please visit the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Challenge website or take a look at the promotional leaflet below:


    Tuesday 7th June 2011

    We have been appointed by Visit Hull and East Yorkshire to assess the economic impact of cycle tourism.  Earlier this year, VHEY launched its Big Skies Rides Guide – ten 17-30-mile circular routes over the rolling Yorkshire Wolds, the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route (a 150 mile route around the Wolds and (with partners) the 170 mile Way of the Roses a cross country route from Morecambe to Bridlington.

    A Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Map


    Wednesday 18th May 2011

    The Breamish Valley Sound Trail opened earlier this year. It consists of ‘sound boxes’ at five locations in the valley. These are powered by solar energy topped up by users winding a handle. Each box delivers eight messages which tell the story of the valley.

    Our work included preparing an interpretive plan with target markets, message themes and messages to be communicated at each location. We then interviewed local residents and National Park staff, editing the recordings to produce a series of concise audio messages for each of the sound boxes.

    A sound box at Ingram Bridge, in the Breamish Valley

    The trail was installed by the Northumberland National Park Authority and the Cheviot Futures project and includes messages on the impacts of climate change on the Uplands of Northumberland and measures being taken to address them

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