About Leader's landscape training:
Landscape is our support system without which we could not exist.
Everyone depends on landscape for food, water, fuel and clean air.
A beautiful and diverse landscape with a wealth of wildlife and human history inspires and enriches our lives and provides a ‘natural health service’ for mind and body. But our fragile landscapes are under threat as never before, not least from climate change, and our challenge is to understand, support and enhance them.
Leader’s Landscape Training is aimed at outdoor practitioners to help deepen your understanding of Cumbria’s landscapes and enable you to pass on your new-found knowledge to those with whom you work.
Come and discover the landscape character of the Grasmere Valley.Landscape character is made up of layers, theunderlying geology and geomorphology shaping the vegetation and land use in our landscapes.
The physical geology and topography, combined with the green cover, are major contributors to the structure and the aesthetic aspects of landscapes. These have combined with cultural, historic, social and economic influences over centuries to create the unique and distinctive character of the Lake District.The landscape of the Grasmere Valley has long been a catalyst for art, poetry and the conservation movement.
We hope to show you what it is about this place that makes it so special along with explaining why some parts of this landscape are at risk.We’ll take a walk around Rydal and up along Nab Scar to take in views of the valley. During the walk, we will stop at various viewpoints to discuss how and why the landscape came to look how it does.
We’ll also discuss why assessing landscape character is important and how it can help with planning, land management, assessment of change and ultimately protection of the landscape.
We will send round some information about the landscape character of the Grasmere and Rydal Valley a couple of weeks before the training day to help you familiarise yourself with landscape character.
White Moss Common Car Park (by the parking meter in the car park on the south side of the A591) NY351065It is possible to catch the 555 bus to White Moss from Kendal or Keswick.
The timetables for October are not out yet, but we will adjust the start time to ensure that people can catch the bus. Bus timetables can be accessed at https://www.stagecoachbus.com/timetables
What to bring:
A picnic lunch & clothing/footwear for all weathers. (Please note there is no indoor backup venue so the sessions will go ahead in poor weather unless unreasonable or unsafe to do so)
This workshop is hosted and organised by Friends of the Lake District (Tutor: Dr Kate Willshaw –PolicyOfficer, Friends of the Lake District)