Category Archives: News

South Pennines Park: The Government’s Response to the Glover Review

South Pennines Park welcomes the news that the Government’s plans to develop a stronger, coherent national network to guide a national landscapes partnership, inform policy and support delivery of these ambitions nationally, regionally and locally. But Helen Noble, Chief Executive of South Pennines Park, says she wants to make sure that the Government’s thinking is [read more]

Nature lovers urged to help bring ‘Pennine finch’ back from the brink

Nature lovers across the South Pennines are being asked to support efforts to stop a rare and secretive songbird disappearing from the area’s uplands. Twite, a species known locally as the Pennine finch, were once a common sight on moorland throughout the region. But a lack of food and suitable nesting sites, coupled with the [read more]

A giant sponge at Holcombe Moor

National Trust Holcombe Moor becomes “giant sponge” to trap carbon, improve natural habitats and slow the flow of flood waters Funded by DEFRA and the Environment Agency, the “MoorCarbon” restoration project on Holcombe Moor aims to trap carbon in the ancient peat bog and slow the flow of water running off the hill to help [read more]

South Pennines Park Awarded Culture Recovery Fund Heritage Grant

The organisation behind the South Pennines Park has received a grant from the Culture Recovery Fund. The South Pennines Park — which covers 460 square miles of Yorkshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester — aims to champion the landscape, its people and businesses. The grant will help the South Pennines Park continue its work developing the park model to [read more]

The Story of Happy Valley Pride

Happy Valley Pride all started because of a piece of homophobic graffiti seen Hebden Bridge in the summer of 2015. This was a shock for many people in one of the most LGBTQ+ welcoming towns in the UK. It led to a small group of like-minded people coming together to think about what we could [read more]

Rossendale Forest: Right tree, right place, right time

Organisations across the South Pennines Park are fighting back against climate change and pledging to plant more trees to help protect the park’s landscape, wildlife and diverse community. Rossendale in East Lancashire, known for its dramatic undulating landscape and rich industrial past, has launched an initiative to engage local businesses, community groups and local residents, [read more]

Litter Free Sowerby Bridge

LitterfreeSB was founded almost 5 years ago by Justine Riccomini who lives and works in Sowerby Bridge. Over the last 5 years, another 5 people have joined her to form a Committee of dedicated litterpicking enthusiasts, and together they run all the events, and take care of administration, kit purchases, banking, insurance and grant applications, [read more]

Reflections on COP26 from South Pennines Park

Climate change cannot be tackled by one person, organisation or government body. This fight connects us all – and it must be a people-led approach. World leaders attended the COP26 summit in Glasgow between 31 October – 12 November 2021 to discuss the transition to sustainable and resilient eco-systems, and how we can protect and [read more]

Community action at National Trust Marsden Moor

Marsden Moor is a wild, windswept part of the South Pennines Park. On the edge of the Peak District, halfway between Oldham and Huddersfield, this dramatic landscape draws in hardy walkers, runners and climbers. But it’s also well connected to cities and home to thriving communities who feel a deep connection to these hills. Even [read more]