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National Park recognises those dedicated to the land

John Cresswell of College Valley Estates, left, gets his award.

John Cresswell of College Valley Estates, left, gets his award.

Individuals, businesses and community groups from north Northumberland have been recognised at the 
National Park Awards.

Among the winners were Glendale Agricultural Society, John Cresswell of College Valley Estates and John and Sarah Wilson from Ingram Farm.

Glendale Agricultural Society won the Young People’s Mentor Award for its role in organising Children’s Countryside Day.

The event has become one of the foremost rural education events in the UK, giving over 1,500 school children from Northumberland and North Tyneside an insight into aspects of food, farming and the countryside.

College Valley Estates and Ingram Farm shared the conservation award for helping to maintain or improve the National Park’s special qualities.

College Valley Estates were praised for taking back in-hand the management of the southern part of the estate which includes part of the Cheviot Massif, and change the grazing regime to summer only stocking.

By grazing in the summer months only, it is hoped to maintain the important habitats for those species of birds and plants that depend on a grazed habitat.

The Wilson family from Ingram Farm were praised for their efforts to preserve the wealth of archaeological features on their land.

In fact such is the extent of archaeology the whole farm was designated a ‘super monument’ by English Heritage.

One of the main threats to the archaeology is the presence and spread of bracken. As Ingram is an organic farm, control has to be by mechanical rather than chemical means. The Wilsons have spent a considerable amount of time undertaking the treatment regimes and have supplied the machinery.

Other winners included Barry and Margaret Brown of Ilderton Dod Farm who won the Bumblebee B&B Award.

Councillor John Riddle, Park chairman, said: “The wonderful work – largely voluntary – of people and groups who share our values and turn them into tangible good, is inspirational.

“I would like to thank today’s winners, and all those nominated, for their dedication and generosity to the landscape, our heritage and our communities.”

 

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