The Long View

The Long View

Sunset on Little Asby Hawthorne ©Rob Fraser Rob and Harriet Fraser are a couple truly at one with the landscape. He a photographer, she a poet and wordsmith, they have dedicated themselves to documenting the nature, seasons, people and spirit of their Lake District home. Their project and exhibition, The Long View (currently on tour [...]

The Permanence of Things

The Permanence of Things

Back Tor ©Albert Hugh Robinson The new year arrived and, as always, change was expected. New ambitions, new resolve, new optimism. But last year was only a week ago and today seems very similar to 2017. The idea of change was a restorative one at least, even if it only lasted until the NYE hangover [...]

Keeping The Village School Alive

Keeping The Village School Alive

At the heart of Edale is its village school. Now the smallest school in Derbyshire, there are fewer than ten children currently attending, but the determination of the village to keep the school open and thriving is palpable. Over the centuries, pupil numbers have risen and fallen as local farming families have expanded or moved on, newcomers have brought young children for a life in the country or merely snapped up half-used holiday homes, and transport links have made access to other villages – and other schools – more viable. Today the odds are firmly stacked against the school, as they must be with small rural schools all over the UK, but with a village full of past pupils the passionate support of the community is vital to Edale School's survival [...]

The Battle for Sheffield’s trees

The Battle for Sheffield’s trees

The drive from Edale into Sheffield takes you past the peaks and green hills of the Hope Valley then, depending on the route you choose, up and over the vast expanse of moorland at Ringinglow or through the stunning Longshaw Estate, dotted with gritstone outcrops and fringed with woodland. The first signs of the city are small farms and the beginnings of rural suburbs, but the approach never jars, you are beckoned in gently, the nature continues. Ancient Ecclesall Woods sits comfortably amid the suburban streets, while the houses have old, guardian trees of their own. The branches spread out over you past bustling parks and the lovely Botanical Gardens until you are suddenly in the epicentre of the city. [...]

For the love of the long grass

For the love of the long grass

Educational Outing by Vanley Burke ©Vanley Burke There is something about a field of long grass that invites flopping, hiding, mark-making, mischief. Like virgin snow or a still, blue swimming pool, it makes the urge to jump in almost impossible to resist. And so it has always been. Educational Outing by eminent British-Jamaican photographer Vanley [...]