Stories from the fells-The Cumbria Landscape Story

Cumbria Wildlife Trust is looking for people to help tell the story of the Lake District’s high fells and bring alive the history of the iconic landscape and its wildlife.

The oral history project will record memories of how the fells have changed since World War Two

The oral history project will record memories of how the fells have changed since World War Two

The Trust is exploring the changes to our landscape through the High Fells.

The Cumbria Landscape Story project will be recording the memories of those of people who have lived and worked in the area since World War Two.

Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, the project is looking for people to interview from all walks of life – from hill farmers, landowners, game keepers and graziers to former rangers, foresters, dry-stone wallers, naturalists, fell walkers, runners, local artists or simply people who have lived in the area for the last 50 to 60 years.

High Fell project officer Sarah Johnson said: “Everyone has a unique story and experiences to share. People’ s memories of everyday events are just as important as historical documents and books in telling us about how the landscape and its wildlife has changed.

The recordings will be used to create a series of podcasts to complement walks in the high fells area.

The podcasts will also be available on an interactive website alongside excerpts from other recorded interviews and imagery reflecting the landscape changes.

A countywide exhibition of the project’s findings is planned for next year.

Sarah continued,” The history of the high fells is all around us, in local people’ s living memories and experiences. The first-hand accounts of people who’ve lived and worked in the Lake District are vital to understanding how the changes have influenced the landscape, wildlife and people’ s way of life.”

Would you like to participate, or know someone with a good story to tell? Then please contact Sarah Johnson, on: 01539 816 305 or

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