Drystone walling, beekeeping, falconry and milking cows. More than 1,800 visitors to Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds got the chance to take part in these activities and more at an event hosted by the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership on Saturday.
‘Nidderdale in the City’ provided people with an opportunity to sample a range of countryside experiences and get a flavour of the wonderful landscape and wildlife that Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has to offer. Visitors also met some of the people (and animals!) who live and work in the area.
The Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership is a £1.8 million scheme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. As well as conserving Upper Nidderdale’s heritage and natural environment, the scheme is finding many different ways to tell people about the area’s fantastic landscape and history. The Partnership is led by Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and brings together a wide range of organisations working with land managers, farmers and local communities.
Iain Mann the Landscape Partnership manager explained “We were delighted that so many people came to see us at Kirkstall and hope that those people who visited gained a bit more understanding of what Nidderdale has to offer. We look forward to welcoming them to Nidderdale this Summer to come and see what a beautiful area of countryside this is – right on their doorstep.”
Liz Milner Discovery and Learning project officer who organised the event added, ‘We want to thank Kirkstall Abbey for providing such a great backdrop for the event as well as all the people who came along to share their skills and experiences of Nidderdale, and of course all the Visitors who so enthusiastically took part.