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Heggs-Castle Cluster Renaturing Project

We are three neighbouring landowners working together to restore natural processes across a combined 200-acre site in Arkengarthdale, North Yorkshire.

Read more about our project aims and subscribe to our blog to follow our progress.

Want to get involved? We run regular volunteer events throughout the year. Please email heggs.castle.cluster@gmail.com to join our mailing list or fill out the contact form on our events page.

Want to visit? The Cluster is accessible via several public rights of way running north west of Reeth (OS Map 30). Guided visits by groups with special conservation interests can also be organised in advance by email. For no-frills overnight stays, please visit heggsfarm.com (think wild camping with permission!)

We are grateful for funding and ongoing support from the following organisations: Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust, Tees-Swale: Naturally Connected, Woodland Trust: Growing Back Greener, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, Sustainable Swaledale, Yorkshire Rewilding Network.

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Winter volunteer days 2023

Want something to look forward to once the festive period has ended? Brighten up those dreary winter days by volunteering with us on the cluster! Join us for a leisurely (yet productive!) morning’s work, followed by homemade soup, freshly-baked bread and cake – the perfect opportunity to carry on a good natter with like-minded folk,…

The rise and fall… of the Arkle

Why is natural flood management so important in our neck of the woods? For those of us who lived through the devastating effects of the 2019 floods, the answer seems obvious. But some aren’t aware of just how regularly the Arkle Beck breaks its banks. This is very easy for us to observe on the…

We have lift off…

Thanks to a welcome break in the rain, the heli-lifting team managed a productive afternoon’s work today, transporting dumpy bags filled with stakes and guards up to the planting site. The difficult terrain of Fremington Edge, coupled with heavily restricted access, and sheer scale of the planting site, have made the logistics of our scheme…

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