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Northumberland Coast | Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The Newsletter of the Northumberland Coast
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
August 2018

Welcome to the August Edition of "Coastal Views".

Our Annual Forums are always one of the highlights in the Partnership's calendar. As I'm sure you will know, this year we are celebrating sixty years of our designation so we a planning a celebration event after our Forum. As well as the chance to hear about our work and reflect on the AONB since 1958 at the forum, an evening of music, song and drama will follow. 

It's a great opportunity for people who care about our beautiful coastline to come together and help shape the work of the Partnership. Further details can be found in the article below. This event will be well attended so be sure to book your place in plenty of time. 
Jeff Watson
Cllr Jeff Watson
Chair, Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership
Annual Forum and Celebration Concert
Our Forum this year will be held at Ellingham Hall on Thursday 11th October 2018. We are pulling together the agenda for both events and have already secured some excellent speakers and entertainment. 

The final of our year long events is a concert featuring song, music and drama celebrating the cultural heritage of the Northumberland Coast. There will be an award ceremony and prize giving for the written word competition winners and a performance of the winning entries.

The event is free of charge, but booking is essential - you can secure your place by following the link (if you wish to attend both events, you will need to book separately onto each one).
MCS Great British Beach Clean

Coast Care have joined forces with the Marine Conservation Society to take part in the Great British Beach Clean. Volunteers will tell you how much fun a beach clean and survey is and rewarding too. If you can spare a few hours you will make a huge difference to our native marine life!

The first one takes place at Seaton Point on Friday 14th September from 10am. To join Coast Care on a beach clean, you will first need to register as a volunteer. You will then be able to sign up to the event to let them know you're coming. 

For a full list of beach cleans over the weekend and to book onto an event, click on the link below.

Community Environmental Projects Fund

The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership and the Coast Care Initiative have launched a £5,000 Community Environmental Projects Fund. 

This new grant scheme enables local community volunteers make a contribution to their village or parish. Funding is available for built environment or environmental projects. It can be used towards the cost of tools or for professional support.  

If you would like to apply to the scheme, we ask that you complete an Application form. The Terms and Conditions of the Grant are included in the form. 

Little Terns
The Arctic Terns that have been living and breeding on the Farne Islands and the Long Nanny shorebird site at Beadnell Bay have left to return to their wintering grounds.

An Arctic tern, which was fitted with a geolocator device on its leg last year on the Farne Islands, has been found to have covered an astonishing 96,000km round migration trip - a distance of more than twice round the globe. For a bird that weighs less than an iPhone, that's an amazing feat!

Photo credit: Kevin Simmonds

Our Written Word Competition closes on Friday 31st August 2018 
 Entry forms can be found on our website
Heritage Open Days
Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It's your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it's all FREE.

Berwick Ice House is one of the venues open to the public. It was built around 1786 - 1799. The ice was used for packing fish, particularly salmon, in crates to be transported to London. Ice houses were still being used in the 1930s. In the Second World War it was used as an air raid shelter. A Grade II listed building, it was restored by Berwick Preservation Trust with the help from our Sustainable Development Fund.

Other interesting venues include Lady Waterford's Hall in Ford and the Spittal Fishing shiel. 
Explore Seascapes
The Tyne to Tees Shores and Seas - Seascape Partnership, or 'SeaScapes' for short, is a partnership of organisations across the natural, cultural and historic heritage
sectors that have come together to better protect and celebrate the unique
coastline between the rivers Tyne and Tees.

With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and partners, we are currently
developing a programme of 30 special projects that will benefit the coast, its
communities and its wildlife. If successful, this will be the UK's first marine-based
Landscape Partnership.

There is much to be celebrated across this seascape, although much of this
heritage is out of sight, held only in memory or beneath the waves, just waiting to
be discovered. This project will reveal this hidden history of the SeaScapes area and
will help to write the next exciting chapter of this unique coastline.
Howick Sensory Garden

With a world-class arboretum, pond and bog garden, 'Festival of Snowdrops', 'Daffodil Spectacular', woodland garden, tulips in wild flower meadows, formal borders and terraces, and brilliant autumn colour, Howick Hall Gardens are a plantsman's paradise. Set within this delightful coastal garden and new for 2018 is a sensory garden, featuring a special selection of plants and materials arranged to stimulate the senses of sight, sound, smell, touch and taste.
The sensory garden was set up in partnership with the North Northumberland Branch of the National Autistic Society (NNBNAS), with funding from the National Garden Scheme (NGS), through a 'gardening and well-being' grant. Around 700,000 people in the UK have autism, and, together with their families, they make up around 2.8 million people whose lives are touched by autism every single day. The aim of the sensory garden is to provide both children and adults with autism a safe and stimulating environment to explore their senses.
This unique garden has been designed by professional garden designer Natasha McEwen as a journey through a series of circles, each with a different atmosphere. Just a few of the highlights include a labrynth circle, interactive water feature, willow dome circle, tumbled glass pond with wooden bridge and a wooden swing seat. Natasha has worked with various professionals and volunteers to create the garden as a self-contained space to blend into the natural setting of Howick Hall.  Located between Edinburgh in the north and Hexham in the south west, the new sensory garden at Howick will be a flagship sensory garden in Northumberland for people with autism and other disabilities.
Everyone is welcome to visit the Sensory garden  and there is no additional fee - standard entrance fees and seasonal opening times for Howick Hall Gardens and Arboretum apply. 
The Handlebards
25th August, 6.30pm
The HandleBards are the world's first cycling theatre company. Before touring their "seriously silly" production of Romeo and Juliet around the world, they pedalled it 1500 miles around the UK by bicycle, with all the necessary set, props and costume in tow. Now, the show is back by popular demand – and, in usual HandleBards style, you can expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.
Join the HandleBards' all-female troupe at the beautiful Bamburgh Castle for Romeo and Juliet as you've never seen it before! Tickets £15 - booking essential

Fighting Knights
28th-29th August
Cheer on the fighting knights at Warkworth Castle this summer as two highly trained knights take to the arena and go head to head in combat. You can meet them throughout the day to find out more about their weapons, armour and training. Ticket price includes entry to the event and site
Medieval castles like Warkworth weren't just built to defend, they were also a status symbol. The castle was the powerful Percy family's favourite residence for a reason. You can discover how castles developed in the middle ages with their mini guide to medieval castles

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