Case Studies

Grants for small scale environmental projects in the Forest of Bowland AONB

Bolton by Bowland Heritage Trail

The village of Bolton by Bowland have recently been busy putting together a new Heritage Trail booklet for the area. 

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Lancashire Best Kept Village

The organisers of this competition received a grant to purchase a digital projector and screen which they will use to assist in the training of their judges and when showcasing the decisions at the annual awards ceremony. Until recently they were still using old 35mm slides and a conventional projector!

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Bleasdale Bird Hide

The bird hide near Bleasdale Cottages was originally built ten years ago with support from the AONB's sustainable development fund a grant of £110 from Champion Bowland, have repaired the roof so it is once again watertight and ready for use.

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Pollinator Patches

Lancaster Beekeepers have been busy creating pollinator patches around the villages of Caton and Hornby, and at the Crook of Lune. 

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 Dunsop village green shelter 

Built to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee at this village in the heart of her kingdom, is now open!

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 The Church Goes Wild project

 The Church Goes Wild project at St John's church in Hurst Green has bought a moth trap with funds from Champion Bowland.

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 Knowle Green Churchyard Railings

The Congregational Church in Knowle Green have refurbished this attractive gateway feature to Bowland.

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Friends of Beacon Fell Hay Meadow

The Friends are establishing a wildflower meadow close to the Bowland Visitor Centre and they have been working with the HayTime project to grow plants from locally collected seeds. 

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A Day in the Life of Bentham 2015

The Friends of Bentham Station approached Champion Bowland for a grant to help re run a project cataloguing life in Bentham using public photographers.

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Chipping Walks Book

Champion Bowland has supported a local walker to review, expand and re print his book of Chipping Walks. With a small grant to create illustrations, and a loan of £500 to help with printing costs, Graham Wilkinson has published an excellent guide to the area.

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 Bowland HayTime project

Over the last three years the Bowland HayTime project  has been restoring wildflower meadows in the AONB. This year the AONB's sustainable development fund has supported a new project run by Ribblesdale Rotary which is working with 5 primary schools to get them more involved in their local environment. 

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Ballads of the Beast of Bowland 

Outdoor theatre run by Spot On in partnership with local families.

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Scorton Flower Festival 

Champion Bowland gave a grant to help to set up a new Flower Festival in St. Peters' Church, Scorton as part of the village's "Bikes and Barrows" weekend May 4/6th 2013.  

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Bowland Tramper Project 

The Three Fishes at Mitton raised £8500 from their customers. The money was given to Champion Bowland to be used to support the Bowland Tramper Project. 


Chipping In Bloom 

‘Chipping in Bloom’ began in 2008 and its main objective is to create lasting improvements to the village for the benefit of residents, workers and visitors. 

Contributed £500  towards the completion of the Wildlife Meadow project which was officially opened on June 23rd 2012. 

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AONB/RSPB Schools' Outreach Project

During the school year 2010-11, skilled teachers from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds have delivered a project for 11 primary schools in the AONB

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Cobbled pavement Dunsop Bridge 

The Post Office, Shop and Café in Dunsop Bridge – Puddleducks – needed to repair the broken cobbled pavement outside


Scorton village Playground

In 1926 Peter Ormerod of Wyresdale Park donated land to Scorton village a playing field. The local community raised the funds to refurbish the children's playground and wanted to celebrate the wildlife of the area. Awarded a grant of £500 towards the cost of this carving by local sculptor Geoff Whitley who had worked with the children from the school to create a large totem pole of animals of the Forest of Bowland.


Educational workshop for schools 

Blaize Theatre Group put on SWARD, a musical play about the history of Hay Meadows in local villages in May 2011. The company also offered an educational workshop for schools. Thorneyholme Primary School in Dunsop Bridge wanted to take this up for their Key Stage 2 heritage studies but had no funding available. A grant of £160 was given to allow this to go ahead for the 22 children involved.