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The Newsletter of the Northumberland Coast
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
April 2015
Dear ,
I was absolutely thrilled to see more under-grounding of power cables in my own parish of Bamburgh this month.  Northern Powergrid have removed a rather unsightly run of overhead lines from Bamburgh Golf Course to the adjoining houses. 

It is so very reassuring to see our utility providers undertaking their statutory duties so seriously and Northern Powergrid should be commended for all their work to conserve and enhance our protected landscapes to date. So I am delighted to communicate Northern Powergrid's commitment to a further round of under-grounding and that over the next eight years we should see the benefits of this across more of the AONB.
Charles Baker-Cresswell,
Vice-Chair, Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership
More under-grounding
Cables at Bamburgh
Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for running the region's electricity network, have invited submissions from all the North East region's protected landscapes for the next round of undergrounding. This multi-million pound programme over the next eight years will ensure that more power cables will be undergrounded to help conserve and enhance the scenic beauty of England's finest landscapes. 

We are working closely with Northern Powergrid to enhance the natural beauty of the coast for residents and visitors. We are very pleased that this latest round of undergrounding now includes high voltage lines. As a result we are now undertaking a resurvey of the whole electricity network in the AONB and we will, in the coming months, be consulting with all the Parish Councils for proposals.

Partnership Vacancy
The responsibility for championing the conservation and enhancement of the AONB lies with the AONB Partnership which was formed in 2003.  The Partnership oversees the production and implementation of a Management Plan to guide Northumberland County Council and other organisations in securing a sustainable future for the AONB and the people that live and work in, and enjoy visiting, the area.

A vacancy has arisen on the Partnership for a special interest member and we are looking for people to apply who have a special interest in the area.  Interests can include landscape or land management, natural or cultural heritage, tourism, planning or local business.  

Ideally, the new special interest member will be someone who lives or works in the area.  What is essential is that they have specialist knowledge of some aspect of the AONB.
If you care about the future of the AONB and can spare a few days a year to attend meetings, events and site visits then we would like to hear from you.

The closing date is 22nd May 2015.  For further information, or to apply, please visit our website or contact David Feige on 01670 622653

Electric Bikes
Electric Bikes at Alnmouth
A new fleet of electric bikes are now available to help visitors get out and explore the beautiful landscape of the Northumberland coast without having to use their cars. 

The bikes make cycling easier, giving cyclists a boost from a motor when they need it. 

Six electric bikes are available for hire from either Alnwick or Seahouses or delivery can be arranged to visitor's accommodation and cost £25 for a day hire.

Funding to buy the electric bikes came from 'Northern Lands' - a programme of projects designed to develop the tourism product of the North East's protected landscapes so that they attract more visitors, encourage existing visitors to stay longer and inspire visitors to spend more in rural businesses and communities.

More information about hiring the electric bikes can be found at 

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Puffin Festival
Puffin Festival
The third annual Amble Puffin Festival will take place from 23rd to 31st May. The fun begins with a mini Beer Festival and a kite display on Sat 23, Sun 24 and Mon 25 at Coquet Yacht Club, before 'puffin mania' hits the rest of the Friendliest Port, with an eclectic mix of activities and events during the half term holiday week.

From Bank Holiday Monday 25th – 31st May, there will be the usual mix of family fun, guided walks, local history and nature talks, crafts, watersports and live music, including a guided bird-watching walk with our very own Iain Robson.

There will be stalls in the Town Square on Bank Holiday Monday and Tuesday, 'Puffin Island'  (festival information) and children's amusements in the Square and of course (weather permitting) the chance to see the wonderful puffins in real life, with Puffin Cruises.

Peregrini Lindisfarne update
Old Lifeboat House on Holy Island
It has been a very busy few weeks since I joined the AONB Partnership as Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership programme manager.

I am very happy to report that four main projects are now under way; work to heighten the Pier at the harbour on Holy Island, the Old Lifeboat House project, replacing the bird watching hide at the Lough Pool and the nesting shore birds project.  

Whilst this progress is encouraging, there will be a flurry of activity and this, alongside two other construction projects on Holy Island from May through August 2015, may hinder access and ease of movement around the village. 

Exciting weeks lie ahead as I work towards recruiting the rest of the Peregrini team.  

Helen Griffiths
Peregrini Lindisfarne programme manager

What's in season in Northumberland in April, May and June 
If the post Easter warmth continues, we will see good growth of arable crops, rich pastures for the animals and hopefully fine weather for fishing. In May delicate asparagus tips appear and by June pink sea trout with creamy new potatoes. Enjoying these fresh distinctive flavours and colours for just a few weeks each year is what eating local produce in season is about.
Green is the predominant colour of our spring vegetables – spring cabbages, late broccoli and spinach. Nigel Slater has a good recipe for mixed greens and smoky bacon. Courgettes, beans and peas start to arrive in June if the weather stays warm. Choose some young freshly picked broad beans for a gentle spring taste – try broad beans, bacon and mint in a creamy sauce with pasta.
Crabs, lobsters and langoustines are caught by local boats on the North East coast.  There are two white fish that can be caught just off the coast - pollock and coley. Ask for Pollock - a firm, white fish and has a taste and texture similar to cod – to encourage its sale (rather than being used to bait crab pots).  

This season there is usually a profusion of herbs. Fresh shoots of parsley, oregano and tarragon add delicate flavours to many dishes and are especially good with eggs, chicken and fish. Dill goes well with the sea trout.

Alnwick Farmers' Market is on the last Sunday of the month in the Market Place. Morpeth Farmers' Market is on the first Saturday of the month in the Market Place.

Kathryn Potts
North East England Farmer's Markets

Holy Island Festival
The Holy Island Festival will take place from 25th to 28th June this year. Performances include 'The Lindisfarne Story', Martin Stephenson and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Holy Island Festival
Seaside Walk Week
Seaside Walk Week
Join the Family Holiday Association for Seaside Walk Week and help to give more struggling families a break.

The Association are inviting people to join an exciting new walking event taking place this spring to help them celebrate their 40th Anniversary.

Seaside Walk Week is a series of nine guided walks over nine days at nine picturesque locations across the UK. You, your family and friends can take part in one, a few, or even – if you're really keen – all nine! You'll also get the chance to meet some of us from the Family Holiday Association team, as we'll be putting our best feet forward too.

One of the events will be here on the Northumberland coast at Alnmouth on Friday 29th May.

Northumberland Coast
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The Northumberland Coast AONB was designated in 1958 and covers 39 miles of coast from Berwick to the Coquet estuary. Within this stretch of coastline is some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in the country.

The Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership is responsible for making sure that this landscape is conserved and enhanced now and for future generations.
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