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 theContinue reading “The rise and fall… of the Arkle”

Beavering away…

We spent Wednesday and Thursday last week learning how to construct leaky barriers at three different locations across the cluster; each where channels begin to flow in the wetter months.  The idea is to let ‘normal flow’ pass through unobstructed, but temporarily hold water back during periods of high rainfall. This water is then releasedContinue reading “Beavering away…”

“Mighty oaks from little acorns grow”

At least that’s what we’re hoping will happen as a result of Saturday’s workshop — when a group of 12 volunteers met outside Heggs cow byre to get hands-on with nature restoration.  Led by Carol Douglas from the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, as part of the Growing Trees Together initiative, the aim of the workshopContinue reading ““Mighty oaks from little acorns grow””

Size does matter

So we soon learned as many hands made light work yesterday removing tree shelters on The Cluster. Done alone, it can be a slightly soul destroying task. Done as part of a group and it immediately becomes tolerable… enjoyable even as you work together to liberate each tree from its outgrown PPE. This time ourContinue reading “Size does matter”

Alder Alder everywhere…

Will reducing the grazing pressure on the Cluster make a difference? Like everything we do and don’t do on our site, we simply won’t know until we try. This summer marks our third officially stock-free year and it’s definitely been the most flora-filled yet. Alder is naturally regenerating along the banks of the Arkle Beck,Continue reading “Alder Alder everywhere…”

‘Calling all volunteers!’

Winter is in full swing and we’ve finally sat down together and planned our list of volunteer days for the remainder of the season. Between the end of January and the end of April, there are plenty of exciting tasks to get involved with, along with the ‘mundane but necessary’. All are incredibly beneficial forContinue reading “‘Calling all volunteers!’”