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KIELDER - Kielder Forest, Kielder Reservoir/Water, Kielder 'Dark Skies', etc

Kielder Dark Sky Bid

People in Northumberland could soon have better views of the night sky.

A consultation is due to get under way on securing dark sky status for nearly 400 square miles of countryside in the Kielder Forest area, in a move aimed at boosting tourism.

If successful, controls would be put in place to prevent light pollution.

Project chiefs will talk to residents, parish councils and businesses to gauge feedback before an application to the International Dark-Sky Association.

Light meter readings from volunteers have confirmed that the area already has some of the darkest skies in England.


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Forestry Commission chief backs Kielder 'Dark Sky' bid
by Tony Henderson, The Journal, August 24th 2012


FORESTRY chief Pam Warhurst has praised the sky-high ambitions of rural allies in Northumberland. Ms Warhurst, chairwoman of the Forestry Commission, visited Kielder Observatory to support a bid to create Europe’s largest area of protected night sky in Northumberland. Kielder Water and Forest Park Development Trust, Northumberland National Park Authority and Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society are preparing the bid to the International Dark Sky Association based in the United States.

If successful it will help promote and preserve the biggest area of dark skies left anywhere in England and help minimise light pollution.

Built high above Kielder village, the £450,000 observatory has proved a hit with the public since opening in 2008, attracting nearly 35,000 visitors. It will soon be re-equipped with even more powerful telescopes. Pam Warhurst said: “The observatory is an inspiring place and a tremendous asset to the North East and Borders. The night sky is a very precious resource which in many areas of England has become a pale shadow of its former starry self because of light pollution.

“The bid to designate a dark sky area linking Kielder Water and Forest Park with Northumberland National Park, while also engaging communities and visitors in explaining the wonders of the night sky, is truly exciting."


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Northumberland in quest for Dark Sky Status
by Paul Tully, The Journal, January 8th 2013


RURAL dwellers in a remote part of Northumberland are being urged to turn down their lights to turn up the power behind a bid for special recognition. The county’s quest for official Dark Sky Status will go before the International Dark Skies Association in Arizona, USA, early this year.

Now, the latest boost for the campaign, which would bring major extra business and prestige, has come in the shape of support from the world-famous Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at Manchester University.

If the bid this year is successful, 400 square miles of north Northumberland would become Europe’s largest dark sky reserve – and the third-largest in the world. Kielder Water & Forest Park would become England’s first Dark Sky Park, and Northumberland National Park would be designated Europe’s largest Dark Sky Reserve.


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Kielder Dark Skies News
Kielder Water and Forest Park Website, 4th October 2013



Dark skies at Kielder, a bid to create Europe's largest area of protected night sky has now been lodged with a global organisation campaigning to keep the world's skies dark. The move to designate nearly 1500 square kilometres of Northumberland as England's first Dark Sky Park is being considered by the International Dark Skies Association (IDA) based in Tucson, USA.

A decision is expected before Christmas.

Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, Northumberland National Park Authority and Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society have been working on the bold plan for two years and widespread support has come from residents, local councils, businesses, tourism agencies, wildlife campaigners and scientific organisations, including Jodrell Bank and the Royal Observatory at Greenwich

Key points in the 80 page bid document reveal that:

1. More than 300 light meter readings have been taken underlining that Northumberland has the largest expanse of truly dark night skies remaining in England.

2. Kielder Observatory has shared the wonders of the Universe with over 43,000 visitors since it opened in 2008 and further growth is forecast.

3. A unified Lighting Master Plan has been endorsed by the Northumberland County Council and the Northumberland National Park Authority to protect our night sky from wasteful light pollution in future years.

4. A lighting audit reveals that 75% of external lighting within the proposed Northumberland Dark Sky Park complies with IDA guidelines – the bid includes plans to improve this still further.

5. Forestry Commission, Northumbrian Water and Greenhaugh village are just a few of the places and organisations already making changes to their lighting to enhance the dark skies within the proposed Dark Sky Park area.

6. Local businesses are working to develop new astro-tourism activities. Some have already run stargazing packages and more business training seminars funded through the programme are planned.

7. Northumberland County Council's street light replacement programme will make a significant contribution in protecting the night sky through the use of more energy efficient and fully shielded lights. Maintenance costs will also be slashed by 60%.

8. More Dark Sky Discovery locations will be created in the Dark Sky Park where people can enjoy stargazing.


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Northumberland secures Dark Skies Status
Hexham Courant, Monday 9th December 2013



NORTHUMBERLAND NATIONAL PARK is expected to attract a new wave of tourists after its night sky has become the largest protected sky in Europe. On Monday the International Dark Skies Association, a global organisation based in the USA with a mission to protect the world's starry skies, bestowed dark park status across an area covering 579 square miles.

The initiative has been spearheaded over the past two years by Northumberland National Park Authority, Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust and Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society.

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The below article about Stonehaugh is particularly interesting for me, where it refers to "Stonehaugh a village near Wark built in the 1950s for Forestry Commission workers", as my father was one of the VERY FIRST of the Forestry Commission Workers who lived and worked there in the 1950s. It was truly backbreaking work, clearing the land by hand and planting small trees. He was paid by volume of land cleared and trees planted. Stonehaugh, when first built, had NO amenities, it was just a few houses in the middle of the growing man-made forest. It was a VERY hard life, and my father only kept the family there for less than a year!!


Stonehaugh in Northumberland to play starring role in Dark Sky Park status
By Tony Henderson, The Journal, 6th January 2014


Northumberland Dark Sky

A village is staking its claim for a starring role in the recently-won Dark Sky Park status for an almost 1,500 square kilometre expanse of Northumberland. Last month an area covering Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water and Forest Park became Europe’s largest area of protected night sky. The drive for what is England’s first Dark Sky Park has been spearheaded over the past two years by Northumberland National Park Authority, Kielder Water and Forest Park Development Trust and Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society.

Now Stonehaugh, a village near Wark built in the 1950s for Forestry Commission workers, is working with Masters of Architecture students from Newcastle University to build a star gazing pavilion. Work has started on the site on the edge of the village and it is hoped that the circular wooden pavilion will be complete by next month. The 15 students, in co-operation with the Kielder Art and Architecture Programme, presented several proposals to villagers.

The pavilion was the popular choice and as well as providing shelter for star gazers, it can also be used for observing wildlife. It will be set in a new wildflower meadow and will have a planted green roof. Villagers and the Forestry Commission have offered to help with labour and materials.


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Kielder Transfer Scheme

Hi, wasn't sure which sub forum this should go in but thought this was the most appropriate.

I'm currently looking for information about the Kielder Transfer Scheme (mainly to satisfy my inner nerd) but there's a lack of really anything available on the web that i've managed to find.

Does anyone know anything about this or where i can go looking into it? I'm interested in how the tunnel between the three rivers works, even a map of it's route, anything like that. The topic fascinates me (i have a love of anything subterranean )

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Hi, wasn't sure which sub forum this should go in but thought this was the most appropriate.

I'm currently looking for information about the Kielder Transfer Scheme (mainly to satisfy my inner nerd) but there's a lack of really anything available on the web that i've managed to find.

Does anyone know anything about this or where i can go looking into it? I'm interested in how the tunnel between the three rivers works, even a map of it's route, anything like that. The topic fascinates me (i have a love of anything subterranean )

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Google would be my first port of call - plenty of information @ https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Ki...OuHR8gfe7IHABg
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Kielder Water in 1980 . . .


The below magazine article, written and published in 1980, discusses "Kielder Water in its last year of construction", which it was in 1980.

An interesting article, that was first posted on the "Newcastle Metro Area Forum", as part of the Newcastle 900 series of posts, containing articles written in the
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MEMORIES of 'Newcastle 900', a celebration of the 900th Anniversary (1080-1980) of
Newcastle upon Tyne. The celebration took place throughout the entire year of 1980.


Part Five

Here is another selection of 'memories' from Newcastle 900 year, this time from another series of articles that were published in various Newcastle 900 booklets, leaflets and magazines in 1980.



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TV architect George Clarke backs Kielder dark skies project

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TV architect George Clarke backs Kielder dark skies project
May 24, 2014 10:14 By The Journal


George Clarke at the Sky Den tree house at Kielder in Northumberland

TV architect George Clarke has given his backing to the project turning part of the North into England’s first dark sky forest.

Sunderland-born George has joined the Friends of Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland, which aims to protect the area set to be become home to Northumberland International Dark Sky Park - the largest Dark Sky Park area of protected night sky in Europe. George, who designed the Sky Den tree house at Calvert Trust Kielder, spent a lot of time in the Park while filming for his Channel 4 programme, George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. He said: “I’m delighted to become a Friend and support Kielder Water and Forest Park Development Trust in their commitment to continue developing such an impressive destination. I used to visit the Park regularly as a child. Living in the North East, we’re so lucky to have this great wilderness right on our doorstep. The Sky Den tree house we built for Amazing Spaces just increases the list of unique experiences on offer in a truly amazing place.”

People can join the Friends group from £2 a month, getting access to exclusive events, offers and promotions. Friends receive a membership card and lapel pin badge, an e-newsletter, Friends-only events and behind the scene talks and tours. They also qualify for free car parking on certain weekends and discount rates for last minute offers.

Lynn Turner, director of Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, said: “The Trust is a registered charity which works to develop the park as an inspirational place for leisure, exploration and fun. Through the Friends scheme we hope to conserve wildlife, develop arts activities and build educational opportunities, as well as continuing to enhance the great leisure and recreation attractions available at the Park. George Clarke is a best Friend and a real ambassador to the Park - the Sky Den tree house is a great example of what is on offer here - an amazing visitor experience to inspire and delight.”

For a Friends application form and more info, visit www.visitkielder.com/friends or call 0845 155 0236.
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Long wait is over as three Kielder osprey chicks hatch

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Long wait is over as three Kielder osprey chicks hatch
Jun 04, 2014 16:58 By Tony Henderson



There was a hat-trick of hatches today for Northumberland’s nesting ospreys.

After a weekend of waiting for the event while more than 250 visitors watched Nest 1 at Kielder through telescopes, volunteers arrived yesterday hopeful of a result.

When the cameras trained on the two Kielder nests were switched on, they showed that there had been two hatchings on Nest 1, where the mother is called Mrs YA. Soon after one chick appeared on Nest 2. Both nests contain three eggs.

“It’s just like buses and we are over the moon,” said volunteer Joanna Dailey. But there are concerns that the three chicks had decided to arrive on a very poor day for a break-out. “The weather is awful - heavy rain and chilly. Mrs YA is hunkered right down over the chicks,” said Joanna. “The weather is obviously not ideal and it is risky because of the rain. The parents have to keep the chicks dry and warm.”

Chris Collett from the RSPB said: “You can never guarantee that eggs are going to hatch so a trio of osprey chicks in one day is fantastic news. Everyone involved in the project is delighted and even the dreary Northumberland rain can’t dampen our spirits. We are now watching the remaining eggs closely and, with a bit of luck, they will also soon hatch.”

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Stargazing pavilion opens in Stonehaugh
to take advantage of 'Kielder Dark Skies'

By Barbara Hodgson, The Journal, 9th July 2014


The opening of the new pavilion for stargazers in Northumberland


Students of Newcastle University's School of Architecture who have been with Kielder Water and Forest Park Development Trust to design and build the Pavilion


Stargazers can now set their sights on a shining new attraction in Northumberland and make the most of some the darkest night skies in the world. With the area covering Kielder Water & Forest Park and also Northumberland National Park now enjoying Gold-Tier International Dark Sky Park status, we now have the largest area of protected night sky in Europe in our own back yard. Now, thanks to the creative talents of Newcastle students and the support of local residents, amateur astronomers are in for even more of a treat with the launch of a special stargazing pavilion in the small former 'Forestry Commission Village' of Stonehaugh near Kielder. At its official opening yesterday, guests got to see the end-result of a special collaboration which aims to boost local tourism.

There was also a solar telescope set up, operated by Gary Fildes, founding director of Kielder Observatory, to give them an idea of the possibilities in store. Involving Newcastle University’s School of Architecture, Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust and local residents, the project saw students design and build the stargazing pavilion to celebrate the area’s International Dark Sky Park designation. The Stonehaugh village community had helped to pick out the best site for the structure, which is near the Warksburn picnic site, then Newcastle University’s School of Architecture students created designs for it before residents chose their favourite. Then it was a matter of planning permission followed by lots of hard work.


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Leaplish - Kielder Reservoir

Lovely blue skies up at Kielder yesterday, 10th July 2014 - this view just to the west of Leaplish.


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Swimming champion to attempt unique Kielder Water challenge

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Swimming champion to attempt unique Kielder Water challenge
Jul 14, 2014 18:42 By Tony Henderson



Swimming champion Colin Hill will bid to be the first to tackle the full length of northern Europe’s largest man-made lake – and without a wetsuit.

Colin, UK and former world winter swimming champion and channel swimmer, aims to swim the length of Northumbrian Water’s Kielder Water in Northumberland on Tuesday. With temperatures around 10C and depths of up to 170 feet (52 metres), the 10k dam to dam swim is expected to take Colin around two and a half hours. The 43-year-old from Hexham, who now lives in Ambleside, Cumbria, swam the English Channel solo in 10 hours 30 minutes in 2009. He was also the marathon swimming technical operations manager at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Colin is making his reservoir attempt to launch Kielder’s first Open Water Swim in September. He said: “I’ve wanted to swim Kielder Water for many years and I’m thrilled that I’ve been asked to undertake this unique and challenging swim. Nobody should swim in open waters without proper training and support.”

Swimmers who want to test the waters of the giant reservoir, which has a 27.5 mile shoreline, will get the one-off opportunity to do so on Sunday, September 7. Entrants can choose from the classic mile swim, a 3.8km Iron Distance swim or the ultimate test – a 10km swimming marathon. To book a place, log on to the event website at www.vitalevents.co.uk . For enquiries telephone 01695 351007 or email [email protected].

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This rather fine example of a Forestry Commission 1958 Austin A35 van standing outside of Kielder Castle on 10th July 2014:






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Seeing the above photo really "took me back" to a year that I really have very little memory of, as I was only 3 years old . . . 1954.

In 1954 my father sold his corner shop in West Hartlepool and moved us all out into the country, to the very newly built Forestry Commission village of Stonehaugh, near Kielder Forest.

He got a job 'planting trees' and doing other work for the Forestry Commission, in the forest. I remember one day he took me with him and (at that very young age) I almost nearly didn't make it back! I walked most of the way there and back, through overgrown ground, up hills and through some very 'boggy' land. I was carried by my father some of the time, but not all of the time.

I never went with him again!

He was only able to stand the work in Kielder Forest for part of one year, I know his back (honestly) never fully recovered for the rest of his life . . . and he was a 'tough bloke' having spent 15 successful years in the Army just before then.

We moved away from there and he got a job in the Royal Hotel, Hexham.

I am quite 'aware' of all these dates and events from my past, as I am currently involved in writing a 'Family History' from my Dad's old records, notes and diaries (of which there are many).

Amongst his papers I found the below article from the Hexham Courant dated 12th November 1954.

We are not mentioned at all by 'name' but the entire article is all about us!

WE are the family in question, in this article . . .




The article mentions the lack of amenities in the new and purpose-built Forestry Commission village of Stonehaugh, and the quite 'low pay' of Forestry Commission workers at that time.

My Dad actually recorded details of his pay for that year, at the back of his 1954 Diary . . .




Hope this little piece of my personal ('Kielder Forest-related') history, is of interest!

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Very interesting NH - real people, telling real stories, I like it.

Can you spot your former home on this map courtesy of The Stoneheugh Community web site @ http://www.stonehaugh.com/

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Very interesting NH - real people, telling real stories, I like it.

Can you spot your former home on this map courtesy of The Stoneheugh Community web site @ http://www.stonehaugh.com/


We lived at 19 Kern Green, Stonehaugh, from (according to my Dad's records) the 24th May 1954 to 9th November 1954.

On your above map Steve (great find by the way) "Kern Green" is the terrace of houses in the slightly darker-brown colour, at the bottom left of the old map. So, yes, number 19 is shown on that map, about mid-way along the terrace.

Dad had been a keen amateur photographer since the 1930s, but I have never found any photos taken during our short stay at Stonehaugh in 1954. However, they did make a return visit there in the early 1970s (I wasn't with them) and took the below photo of Kern Green, which includes our old house, which is at about the "sixth chimneypot" from the left . . . that's the best way I can think of to describe it!




The village looked exactly the same in the 1970s as it had in the 1950s, all the houses being a uniform 'Forestry Commission White' in colour, as can be seen in the above photo.

When I started my Family History research in 2008, we went back again, and by then a lot of the houses had been privately bought, and were painted different colours, though not 'garishly' so.

In this next photo from 1st July 2008, that is me walking along Kern Green for the first time since 1954, and I am just outside number 19. The place looks a lot 'nicer' now (in 2008) than it will have looked back in 1954, I think.




Below is a more recent map, that can be compared to the old Forestry Commission Map . . .



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We lived at 19 Kern Green, Stonehaugh, from (according to my Dad's records) the 24th May 1954 to 9th November 1954.

On your above map Steve (great find by the way) "Kern Green" is the terrace of houses in the slightly darker-brown colour, at the bottom left of the old map. So, yes, number 19 is shown on that map, about mid-way along the terrace.

Dad had been a keen amateur photographer since the 1930s, but I have never found any photos taken during our short stay at Stonehaugh in 1954. However, they did make a return visit there in the early 1970s (I wasn't with them) and took the below photo of Kern Green, which includes our old house, which is at about the "sixth chimneypot" from the left . . . that's the best way I can think of to describe it!

The village looked exactly the same in the 1970s as it had in the 1950s, all the houses being a uniform 'Forestry Commission White' in colour, as can be seen in the above photo.

When I started my Family History research in 2008, we went back again, and by then a lot of the houses had been privately bought, and were painted different colours, though not 'garishly' so.

In this next photo from 1st July 2008, that is me walking along Kern Green for the first time since 1954, and I am just outside number 19. The place looks a lot 'nicer' now (in 2008) than it will have looked back in 1954, I think.

Below is a more recent map, that can be compared to the old Forestry Commission Map . . .

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I had never heard of the village until you mentioned it NH and as a consequence I took a 'drive through' using the Street View facility on Google Earth. Still no pub or shops I see but looks like some log cabins being built, so perhaps it is becoming a 'holiday village'.

As with all of these seemingly isolated villages I always wonder where the inhabitants work?
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As with all of these seemingly isolated villages I always wonder where the inhabitants work?

Historically, places grow up in locations for a reason (many years ago) eg, most favourable local climate, lowest river crossing, proximity to raw materials, etc.

In the case of Stonehaugh, it was purely and simply created by the Forestry Commission, out of nothing, to provide somewhere for Forestry Commission workers to live near the newly-being-planted man-made forests of Northumberland.

That is who the entire village worked for - the Forestry Commission.

Nowadays, I (like you) wonder how many still do that work, and where else all the others now work?

It is an isolated location.
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