Living Uplands

close-knit, hardworking, caring



The uplands of England are often seen as areas of outstanding natural beauty with many upland communities dotted throughout. Such communities are best known for farming and most uplands are grazed by sheep and the surrounding land is used for other livestock. These landscapes are also incredibly popular for tourists and help many small communities survive as people flock to them to walk, run, cycle and just enjoy the surrounding scenery. Small businesses rely heavily on tourism throughout the uplands but it is also important to look after these areas for the sake of the wild flora and fauna.

Many small communities run programmes with schools in which the children can experience the wilderness of their uplands whilst bird counting, litter picking or surveying other species. Communities here are usually very close-knit, hardworking and care about their surrounding areas.


Dark skies, starry nights
The North Pennines is a great place to go gazing at the stars.
The Short-eared Owl is the subject of our New FREE education pack.
The graceful and nomadic short-eared owl is the subject of the latest Living Uplands FREE educational resource.
Weardale's Annual Tractor run 2022
Over 70 tractors embarked on the drive through Weardale
The Queens Jubilee Beacon lighting
We were very privileged to be able to host one of the 1500 beacon lightings