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Old February 7th, 2015, 02:43 PM   #41
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Kielder youth hostel to close next week

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Kielder youth hostel to close next week
Published at 10:49, Tuesday, 03 February 2015

AFTER nearly 15 years in operation, the district’s first five star youth hostel will close next week. Based at the village’s first school, Kielder Youth Hostel has been a hot spot for tourists since it opened in 2001.

However, a rapid decline in visitors over the past few years has led to the Youth Hostel Association (YHA) pulling the plug on the venture, which is currently graded at four stars. The facility will close on Wednesday as YHA ends its lease with landlord Northumberland County Council.

Media and policy manager at YHA, Sam Littlechilds, said: “The occupancy levels at the hostel were very low and just 22 per cent was predicted for this year. We were finding it difficult to make it a viable youth hostel. The decisions are never easy to close youth hostels but, as a charity, we need to make sure our sites are operationally viable. The occupation levels were too low for us to make it a viable part of our network but we hope Northumberland County Council will find somebody to keep it on as a hostel.”

A county council spokesman said: “We can confirm that the council has advertised for a third party partner to help develop and run the youth hostel building in an innovative and sustainable way. We have received a number of expressions of interest for this exciting tourism opportunity that we are
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Waterstones

This sculpture is called Waterstones, made from three locally quarried rock boulders which have been positioned to appear as a prehistoric Menhir (long stones). The sculptor is anonymous.

Unveiled by HM Queen Elizabeth II 26th May 1982.

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Lynx in Kielder Forest? Big cats could soon roam Northumberland

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Lynx in Kielder Forest? Big cats could soon roam Northumberland
12:23, 16 April 2015 By Tony Henderson



Wildlife experts say the reintroduction of wild lynx in Kielder Forest could curb a growing deer population.

The Lynx UK Trust is surveying potentially suitable sites for the release of the labrador-sized cat, which was once a native animal in Britain.

Lynx disappeared from UK forests around 1,300 years ago most likely as a result of fur hunting, which combined with deforestation to leave the species at just 700 individuals across Europe by the 1940s. Since then the population has expanded to around 10,000, with the species being reintroduced successfully into countries like Germany, France and Switzerland.

Now, the Lynx UK Trust believe that the UK is an ideal candidate for the next reintroduction effort - with Kielder Forest one of the suggested locations. And Northumberland Wildlife Trust conservation officer Kevin O’Hara, who visited a lynx reintroduction scheme in Bavaria in Germany, has backed a possible move. He said: “The reintroduction of species will always be controversial but lynx are not a bad idea considering Britain’s burgeoning deer population, with could do with some control. Lynx are a lone, secretive creature which steers well clear of people and there is a lot of space at Kielder, so there may be something in reintroducing a top level predator.”

Focused on hunting deer species and smaller prey such as rabbit and hare, the lynx is extremely elusive.

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Stars come out for inaugural Dark Sky Run event at Kielder Reservoir

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Stars come out for inaugural Dark Sky Run event at Kielder Reservoir
15:32, 20 April 2015 By Mike Kelly



The stars came out for a special run in the North East at the weekend.

But they weren’t Olympic or World champion athletes taking part, but viewed in the breathtaking skies under which the event took place. t was the inaugural ‘Dark Sky Run’ at Kielder Reservoir in Northumberland organised by the Trail Outlaws. In all, 83 runners took part, and it didn’t disappoint.

Race director Phill Turton said: “All our entrants had been speculating for weeks on social media as to what the weather would be like but the weather gods were definitely smiling on us. While the temperatures plummeted to nearly zero degrees late on there was virtually no cloud and the night sky was simply stunning.”

The race was run over the traditional marathon distance of 26 miles and 385 yards and roughly followed the Lakeside Way trail that loops around the reservoir. While it started during the daylight, night soon fell and the run continued under the stars of Europe’s biggest area of protected night sky. The race on Saturday was run in three waves setting off an hour apart from 4.30pm to 6.30pm ensuring that the faster runners would have the opportunity to finish in the dark skies.

Runner David Toth said: “The day turning to twilight and the subsequent sunset over the water were stunning, and the last few miles under millions of stars was simply breathtaking.”

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A few photos of Kielder Reservoir here.
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Artwork tours launched at Kielder Water & Forest Park after pilot programme success

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Artwork tours launched at Kielder Water & Forest Park after pilot programme success
11:30, 25 May 2015 By Tony Henderson


One of the Kielder artworks

A series of Northumberland forest art tours is to be staged after a sell-out pilot scheme last year.

The test venture at Kielder Water & Forest Park saw visitors taken by Forestry Commission minibus off the beaten track to see a selection of artworks deep in the woodlands. Now, due to popular demand and with funding from Arts Council England, there will be four new tours, with hopes that extra expeditions can be added later in the year.

The tours start from Kielder Castle visitor centre at £7 per person or £20 for a family group.

They are: May 27, 10am-1pm to artworks Silvas Capitalis (the Forest Head), Janus Chairs, Stell, and Kielder Skyspace.

May 27, 2pm-5pm - Silvas Capitalis, Belvedere, 55/02, Specere.

July 26, 2pm-5pm - Silvas Capitalis, Janus Chairs, Stell, and Kielder Skyspace. This will be repeated on August 26.

The tours are led by Kielder arts and architecture curator Peter Sharpe, who said: “Last year’s pilot went really well. It was very successful and people found it a very different sort of experience.”

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Kielder United Reformed Church in Association with Methodist Church

Kielder United Reformed Church in Association with Methodist Church photographed 10th July 2014, unfortunately the church was closed at the time of my visit.

Built in 1874 to a design by F.R. Wilson.

Pesvner describes the church as 'Small and Norman style.Rock faced stone. Pretty patterned roof of different coloured slate'.

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Description: United Reformed Church

Grade: II
Date Listed: 7 January 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 239686

OS Grid Reference: NY6238894147
OS Grid Coordinates: 362388, 594147
Latitude/Longitude: 55.2401, -2.5930

Location: Kielder, Northumberland NE48 1ER

Locality: Kielder
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE48 1ER

KIELDER
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Formerly Presbyterian Church, now United Reformed. 1874 by F.R. Wilson.

Rock-faced stone, Welsh and Lakeland slate roof. Romanesque style. Single- cell church with south porch and north vestry. Three bays. Porch to left has round-headed doorway. Paired round-headed windows. East window three stepped lights with shafts and cushion capitals. Similar-west window.

Gabled roof with overlapping coping and gabled kneelers. Polychrome patterned roof with bands of fish-scale slates and band of Greek-key design above the eaves.

Interior has open timber roof with big semicircular braces.

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Kielder named as North East’s ‘greatest place’

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Kielder named as North East’s ‘greatest place’
By James Willoughby 02 October 2015


Lakeside Way, Kielder.

After being nominated by local residents and visitors to the area, Kielder Park has been crowned the greatest place in the North East by an eminent panel of judges and will now go forward to a national public vote to decide England’s Greatest Place. More than 200 different locations were nominated to win one of the 10 coveted individual regional awards in the England’s Greatest Places competition.

The judges said Kielder Park was an ‘outstanding and worthy winner’, adding: “Kielder is a great place which has been created, managed and enhanced through sensitive planning providing a beautiful and distinctive area, including being one of the first dark sky areas for visitors and the community.”

England’s Great Places is a competition designed by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the professional body for planners, to celebrate some of our most attractive and inspiring places and the role planners have played in helping to protect or shape them for England’s communities. The RTPI and its members have been working with communities for a century to help create great places for people.

Janet Askew, President of the RTPI, said: “Kielder Park was a popular choice and is clearly a much appreciated and loved place by local people. We wanted to recognise special places like Kielder Park which are cherished because they have been protected, carefully planned or have been improved.”

The full list of finalists of the RTPI’s England’s Greatest Place competition are: Letchworth Garden City, East of England; Peak District, East Midlands; Brindley Place, Birmingham, West Midlands; Kings Cross Regeneration, London; Kielder Park, North East; Liverpool Waterfront, North West; Thame High Street, South East; Bath, South West; Bristol, South West and Saltaire, Yorkshire. A specially commissioned trophy will be presented to the local authority to mark the award. Members of the public can vote for England’s Greatest Place until Friday, November 20, via the website or Tweet or Instagram your vote for Kielder Park to #RTPIgreatplaces
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Kielder Forest return for water vole moves a step closer with funding boost

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Kielder Forest return for water vole moves a step closer with funding boost
13 Nov 2015 By Tony Henderson



THE re-introduction of an endangered animal to a Northumberland forest has moved a step closer.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust, in partnership with the Forestry Commission and the Tyne Rivers Trust has secured initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help develop the next phase of a project to return water voles to Kielder. The trust has received a development grant of £14,000 to progress plans for the project, leading to a further bid for almost £500,000.

The Restoring Ratty project aims to re-establish a sustainable population of water voles in Kielder Water and Forest Park. The water vole, portrayed as Ratty in Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows, has been declining in the UK for many years due to predation from North American mink and habitat losses, and is now absent from large areas of Northumberland. Between now and March, the project will develop detailed plans for the release of water voles into the forest area.

This will include securing a licence for the capture and captive breeding of water voles from established thriving populations outside Kielder, monitoring the forest area to ensure suitable habitats for their release and working with the local community and volunteers to safeguard the future of the species. The project builds on a nearly-completed two-year exercise, delivered by the partnership with HLF backing of £40,000, to ensure the area is free from mink.

The venture is part of a longer term vision to see water voles thriving along the whole of the River Tyne and its catchment.

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Kielder bags two gold awards in tourism oscars

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Kielder bags two gold awards in tourism oscars
November 27, 2015 at 11:37AM



In a lavish ceremony held in Newcastle Civic Centre’s banqueting hall on Tuesday, the greats of North-East tourism were congratulated on their exceptional contribution to the region’s visitor economy.

Among the winners in 15 categories were Leaplish Waterside Park, on Kielder Water, and Kielder Observatory.

Leaplish Waterside Park won the title of holiday park/holiday village of the year with Slaley’s Springhouse Country Park taking bronze in the same category. Kielder Observatory came up trumps in the small visitor attraction of the year category.

The Angel of Corbridge scooped silver for the tourism pub of the year and the Calvert Trust Kielder was highly commended for both access for all tourism and self-catering provider of the year. These was a silver award for the Hesleyside Huts venture at Hesleyside Hall at Bellingham, and in the sustainable tourism sector, there was a highly commended award for the Slate and Nature studio at West Woodburn. Also highly commended in the tourism event of the year category was Northumberland County Show, which took place at Bywell.

Northumbrian Water’s head of leisure, strategy and transformation, David Hall, said: “We are thrilled that Leaplish Waterside Park has been awarded gold for the holiday park/ holiday village of the year. The awards are a fantastic opportunity for businesses to showcase their product and provide a focus for improvement in quality for visitors to the North-East.”

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In 100 years when Kielder is deciduous it will be the most beautiful place in the UK.
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Kielder Christmas Tree sent to London to sit outside the Houses of Parliament

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Kielder Christmas Tree sent to London to sit outside the Houses of Parliament
30 Nov 2015 By Brian Daniel


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A Christmas tree made in Northumberland has taken pride of place at the heart of Westminster.

The 40 foot Norway Spruce from Kielder Water and Forest Park has been put up at London’s Houses of Parliament, at the base of Big Ben, where it will be one of the world’s most photographed Christmas trees this festive season. It is the 14th year in a row the foresters from Kielder have supplied a tree to the heart of government.

Alex MacLennan, the Forestry Commission’s recreation and public affairs manager for the North East, explained that the reason Kielder trees are so sought lies in the fact it is the biggest forest in the UK. With some 65,000 hectares of space, bosses grow a number of trees in the open, rather than in clusters, with the greater space resulting in a better specimen.

“It is not an easy thing to get a tree like this. Most trees of that height are in a plantation. They have not got much canopy to the very top. They only have one foliage on one side.” Kielder’s open grown trees, however, have foliage right the way round. That is what makes Kielder the top choice for trees. We are very proud of a tree from Northumberland going right into the centre of London. It does not get much better.”

The tree selected for Westminster was cut down on Thursday and stored in a depot at the forest, before being put in the lorry on Friday and driven south. It was then unloaded via a crane and put into place in the capital on Saturday morning.

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Heritage Lottery Fund award grant to make more of Kielder's 'Live Wild' scheme

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Heritage Lottery Fund award grant to make more of Kielder's 'Live Wild' scheme
1 Jan 2016 By Tony Henderson


Kielder Water and Forest Park in Northumberland

A wild time will be on offer in Northumberland thanks to a lottery funding boost.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust an initial grant of £17,700 to develop its Living Wild at Kielder project. The venture will help visitors experience and learn about the area’s animals and plants through the development of “nature hubs” and a year round events and activity programme. Wildlife trails will be created from Stonehaugh, Falstone and Greenhaugh villages with support from the local community, while wildlife ambassadors and volunteers will cater for visitors.

The trust will also work with businesses to increase the number of people taking part in wildlife events and activities. There are plans to improve visitor interpretation and support the long-term protection of the park’s wildlife, particularly at Bakethin Nature Reserve which provides an important sanctuary for local plants, birds and other wildlife. Kielder Salmon Centre, which has been a major contributor to turning the River Tyne into the best salmon fishing river in England and Wales, will also benefit from the project by seeing improved visitor facilities at the site.

Lynn Turner, director of Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, said: “We’re home to the largest man-made lake in northern Europe and England’s largest working forest, so it’s no wonder we attract such impressive and diverse wildlife with the sheer variety of habitats on offer. We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund have given us the support for our Living Wild at Kielder project, and it’s great to know that we are a step closer to animating the park’s amazing wildlife for the benefit of our visitors and the local community.”

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Did you by any chance get to photo the old buildings by the New Quay?

These were completed by William Newton around 1810's. They are a really critical example of the emerging Tyneside Classical style. Along with David Stephenson's work, Newton and these warehouses in particular were to go on to inspire Dobson and Grainger's Architects to complete Grainger Town. It really is the genesis of Newcastle's and Tyneside's own unique contribution to the countries diverse classical legacy- a distinct style to the region that rivals Edinburgh or Bath's contribution.
I hadn't realised William Newton had designed any North Shields buildings - you say he completed some on the New Quay circa 1810, do you have any details as to which they were?
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Record early return for the Kielder ospreys

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Record early return for the Kielder ospreys
Janet Hall 4th April 2016


Kielder ospreys on the nest last year.

Bird lovers in Northumberland are celebrating an early start to their season with the earliest ever sighting of a bird on the Kielder osprey nest.

One of the ringed Kielder males - Yellow 37 - was first seen at Nest 2 on March 24, coinciding with one of the osprey volunteer training days, an unexpected bonus sighting for the team of Northumberland Wildlife Trust volunteers who were busy preparing for the season ahead.

Not only is it the earliest return of any Kielder osprey to the nest, Yellow 37 was the second male home across all UK osprey projects. Since the first sighting, Nest 1 has seen the return of YA on March 26, another record early return date for this male, with his partner arriving shortly after. Meanwhile, on Nest 2, Yellow 37 didn't have to wait too long for his mate to arrive, with Mrs 37 arriving safely back on March 30.

Tom Dearnley, ecologist at the Forestry Commission, said: "It’s always a pleasure to see the ospreys return and to watch this fantastic species continue to recover in northern England. We don’t know quite why ospreys are early this year, as other migrants such as chiffchaff aren't showing the same pattern, but March is certainly earlier that we have come to expect."

The birds can be watched by visitors through nestcams on Nest 1 and 2, with footage beamed to a screen at the Kielder Castle café. Kielder Osprey Watch will be open every weekend at Leaplish Visitor Centre, from when the eggs hatch to when the chicks fledge, manned by the team of Northumberland Wildlife Trust volunteers. Wildlife lovers can keep up to date with the story as it unfolds through the Kielder Osprey blog at kielderospreys.wordpress.com

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Pirelli Carlisle Rally

This weekend saw the annual Pirelli Carlisle Rally up in the Kielder and Wark Forests in Northumberland. This year it forms part of the relaunched British Rally Championship.

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Plans to build the biggest public observatory in the world in Northumberland are 'progressing well'

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Plans to build the biggest public observatory in the world in Northumberland are 'progressing well'
13 Jun 2016 By Michael Muncaster


Clear skies at the Kielder observatory, Northumberland

Plans to build the biggest public observatory in the world in Northumberland are progressing well, say astronomy bosses.

The £15m scheme will contain a state-of-the-art 80-seat planetarium and a specially built telescope with a one metre wide diameter. Called the Kielder Observatory Astronomy Village, there will also be a presentation room, education area, cafe and accommodation. It will be based on the site of the already hugely successful Kielder Observatory which already boasts 20,000 visitors a year.

The plans were revealed in 2014 and operations manager John Holmes says they are now developing the business plan to deliver the project. He said: “It will have a huge, significant positive impact on tourism and the local economy. We want to make learning about astronomy accessible to everyone and encourage more people to enjoy it. We have fantastic facilities already but the planetarium and associated facilities will give us more flexibility and improve the visitor experience.”

The popular attraction is also planning to build a smaller observatory at the site, suitable for small groups between 10 and 15 people. It was granted planning permission to construct the £200,000 single storey building in December last year.

For more information about the Kielder Observatory Astronomy Village, visit www.kielderobservatory.org .

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Kielder to unveil new installation to add to its rich - and free - art and architecture offer

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Kielder to unveil new installation to add to its rich - and free - art and architecture offer
28 Jun 2016 By Sam Wonfor


Some of the artworks at Kielder

With the largest man-made lake in northern England, 250 square miles of the country’s largest working forest, some of the darkest skies in Europe and a list of outdoor activities and natural world delights far too long to get into here, it’s fair to say Kielder has an embarrassment of riches to offer.

What some may not realise though, that as well a crowd of outdoor activities including mountain biking, water sports, horse riding, stargazing, fishing and wildlife spotting, Kielder is also a hotbed of art and architectural treasures too - all of which can been seen and enjoyed for free.

From the eyes of the great, all-seeing, surreal Silvas Capitalis (Forest Head) to the fun of the huge, rotating Janus Chairs, or the mesmerising view from within the Skyspace, these amazing creations and the wide range of responses they evoke often remain with people long after they have left.

Many return on several occasions to see their favourite pieces throughout the seasons. And they’ll be flocking back when they hear about the new “strange and magical” installation by Fiona Curran, which will be opening to the public on July 7.

If you’re planning a trip to Kielder, make sure to check out at least some of the art and architecture which makes the Kielder landscape even more special. For more information on Kielder Arts and Architecture - including maps so you can plan your trip - visit www.kielderartandarchitecture.com

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Kielder sees soaring successful in osprey breeding programme with record number of fledglings

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Kielder sees soaring successful in osprey breeding programme with record number of fledglings
2 Aug 2016 By Barbara Hodgson


Osprey 'Y3' making its first landing on the nest post

Wildlife experts are celebrating the soaring success of the osprey breeding programme at Kielder.

This year has seen a record number of new chicks at the Northumberland site, with nine already fledged and a further two set to follow within a week. And lucky bird lovers have been catching the action - thanks to a nest camera. From a viewing point at Kielder Castle Visitor Centre, spotters were able to enjoy the rare opportunity of seeing the species up close as the first fledglings took to the air.

Ospreys - which remain on a danger list because of a long-term decline in the species - first began nesting at Kielder Water & Forest Park in 2009. And, following efforts to boost their numbers, there is all-round delight that this year’s number of chicks has beaten the previous record of eight set in 2014.

Philip Spottiswood, Forestry Commission wildlife manager, said: “We are all delighted that 2016 has been a record breaking year for Kielder’s ospreys. The young birds will help to ensure that this once rare species continues to recover in England.” He thanked the Forestry Commission’s wildlife rangers who have done so much to ensure there are prime nesting sites in the area.

Via a camera broadcasting from one nest to Kielder Castle Café in the visitor centre and Northumbrian Water’s Leaplish Waterside Park, bird-watchers caught the first to fledge this time around. A chick ringed Y1 took to the sky then over the next five days its brother and two sisters also flew for the first time. Since then, three birds have fledged from a second nest then two more from a third. The next two young birds are expected to take their first flights from a fourth nest next week.

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Great to see the Ospreys increasing--and with the young fledglings doing so well too,--btw,--the photo in the article is excellent,---cheers.
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