Wanted: Your memories of the Bowland AONB

Champion Bowland logo
Champion Bowland logo

Memories of rural life in Bowland over the last 50 years are to be collected as part of a new heritage project.

The Champion Bowland charity has received a £10,000 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant for its Bowland Scrapbook, which will cover the years from 1964, the year when the Bowland AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) was formally designated, to the present day.

Volunteers are now being recrutied to help with the project.

They will be asked to visit local libraries, agricultural shows and community groups to help gather information, photographs and stories about farming, village life, key events and visitor patterns.

The project will also seek the memories of visitors to the area. The experiences of rural life over the last 50 years will be published in a souvenir Scrapbook.

Champion Bowland, a social enterprise charity, says it aims to promote, enhance, improve, protect and conserve the Forest’s physical and natural environment and its natural beauty.

Paul Reynolds, Champion Bowland Trustee, said: “It’s great that we have been awarded this grant and we can’t wait to get started.

“We love where we live and know there’s so much more to discover about our past since the AONB was established.

“We are all really excited about telling other people about our findings and sharing our heritage and history with them.”

For more information email bowlandscrapbook@gmail.com or telephone the AONB office in Dunsop Bridge on 01200 448000.

Sara Hilton, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) North West Region said: “HLF’s funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what’s important to them in their area.”