The National Trust Longshaw Estate in the Peak District National Park has a special place in our hearts. Both Martin and Bryony were taken there before they were 2 weeks old, it was the ‘go to’ place for Jean and Patrick throughout their life together, for walks, flowers and fungi.
We are taking a two-pronged approach to Patrick’s legacy: the first to help establish a new and diverse woodland habitat in the Peak District, and secondly to support events that reflect Patrick’s passion for engaging people in nature.
For the first approach the map shows a 6.5 hectare block of land (highlighted in red) one third of which is self-seeded native woodland. Our plan is to extend the range of trees and plant up the remaining two thirds as woodland pasture to be sustainably managed by traditional low impact cattle species. The trees which will be added to the existing Birch and Hawthorn are: Sessile Oak, Rowan, Holly, Bird Cherry and Crab Apple. Work on this is due to begin in the autumn. In time the area will become a more diverse habitat extending the range of plants and animals it supports and will contribute to the wider biodiversity of this corner of the Peak District National Park. Several photos of the land as it is currently are shown further down this page.
The location overlooks the Derwent Valley and provides amazing views towards the Hope Valley with the Kinder Plateau on the horizon. There are numerous footpaths giving permanent public access to the site.
The second approach for the legacy would involve organising family fungal forays at the Longshaw Esate (with opportunities for involvement of groups who do not easily have access to the countryside), and a Trees in Poetry and Literature Workshop. It is hoped that such events could be run for a number of years.
Depending on the scale of the legacy similar activities could be funded in other local nature conservation areas that Patrick knew and loved. Updates will be posted here so stay tuned!
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