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Meet the countryside team at Hardcastle Crags

Thursday, 12 July 2018

At Hardcastle Crags there’s always lots of work going on behind the scenes to keep the woodland healthy, beautiful and rich in wildlife.

This July, the countryside team will be sharing the secrets of how they look after this picturesque woodland on the edge of Hebden Bridge.

Ranger Day

Visitors to the National Trust site will be given a behind the scenes look at how they protect and manage the ancient woodland at a special Ranger Day on Sunday 29 July, 11am-4pm.

There’ll be the chance to meet the Hardcastle Crags team to chat to them about what they do and see demonstrations of the forestry equipment. The team will be joined by local partners Community Rights of Way Service (CROWS), Slow the Flow and Pennine Prospects who will be sharing information about their work.

Peter Coates and his working horse, Nathan will also be at the event demonstrating traditional horse logging so that traditional woodland management techniques can be compared with modern ways.

Natalie, academy ranger at Hardcastle Crags and Marsden Moor says “We’re excited to run this event again after a successful Ranger Day last year. Quite often, we’re hidden away behind the scenes, so it’s a great opportunity for us to share what we do with others and show off some of the great machines that help to make our work a little easier.”

The day will be a good introduction to the countryside for families too. Kids can watch exciting big-machine demonstrations, and make a bamboo bug home to take away. Bird boxes, bug hotels, charcoal and picnic blankets are just a few of the items that will be on-sale to help raise money for woodland conservation.

Car parking is free for National Trust members, a small charge will apply for non-members. Hardcastle Crags is a great place to get closer to nature, and led family activities will run on weekdays throughout the summer holiday starting on Monday 30 July, 12noon – 3pm.

For full details please visit this Harcastle Crags page on the National Trust website or call 01422 844518.