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Vacancies for Trustees of the Sandstone Ridge Trust

 Are you interested in a new challenge?

Do you want to play a leading role in protecting the special character of the Cheshire Sandstone Ridge? Are you passionate about improving public enjoyment and understanding of its rich natural, historical, archaeological and cultural inheritance?

 The Sandstone Ridge Trust is looking to recruit at least four Trustees who have the commitment and enthusiasm to make a difference to this outstanding part of rural Cheshire.  We are particularly looking for people with the following skills: •Fundraising •Financial management •Marketing •Communications •Project management •Partnership working

 If you are interested in this role send your CV and a supporting letter by email to setting out your skills and experience together with any other information relating to your ability to carry out the role.  The deadline for expressions of interest is 4 September 2015.

 Guidance Notes for interested applicants are available on our website

 If you would first like an informal discussion about the role contact Professor Andrew Hull, Chairman of the Trustees on

SRT Spring Newsletter 2015

The latest  issue of the Trusts newsletter is now available for downloading HERE

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Chief Executive Officer – The Sandstone Ridge Trust

The Trustees are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Ian Marshall as the CEO.

We welcome him to this new role in this exciting year for the Trust and look forward to working with Ian in the future.


Annual general meeting 2014.

The Sandstone Ridge Trust (SRT) Board would like to invite you to the second SRT AGM of the Sandstone Ridge Trust to held on:

Date: Tuesday 28th October 2014 – Arrival from 6.15pm with light buffet, AGM starting at 7:00 pm

Venue: Tarporley Community Centre, High Street,

           Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 0AY 

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If you would like to attend please email Karen Lawson, SRT

You will hear the latest on what the Trust has been doing over the last 18 months , the latest from our Ridge Rocks and Springs Project and new opportunities that the Trust is keen to develop.

And finally at 8.30 pm   There will be a fascinating presentation from our guest speaker:

Holy Wells and Sacred Springs with Suzanne Iuppa 

Poet,film maker and community worker based in North Wales, Suzanne has given reading tours at home and abroad. She will share her records of a 200 mile long walk across Wales in search of pilgrim routes and sacred wells. A short poetry reading from her forthcoming book ‘Well Spring’ will conclude the illustrated lecture.

More detailed agenda to follow.   

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards   John Heselwood Chairman


Communities Put Best Foot Forward for Sandstone Trail 40thBirthday


Three days of celebrations saw communities from across Cheshire come together to mark the 40th anniversary of the Sandstone Trail.


Local schools, environmental craft and education groups and historical reenactors all came together to bring alive parts of the modern and ancient history of the popular walking route.


Beginning last Thursday, Luke Neal from the Meres & Mosses Landscape Partnership walked much of the 34 mile trail from Whitchurch to Delamere visiting communities along the way, and carrying with him a hand-crafted giant white-faced darter dragonfly. Frodsham Festival of Walks Group, headed south from Frodsham on Saturday to meet Luke at the finish and to join the celebrations.


The rare white-faced darter dragonfly has a special new link with the trail, as it has recently been reintroduced to Delamere Forest – after ten years of absence – from other healthier dragonfly populations at the southern tip of the trail near Whitchurch.


After setting off from Whitchurch, Luke Neal joined pupils from TushinghamPrimary School at Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s new Bickley Barn education centre near Malpas, as the youngsters learned about dragonflies and other creatures on the charity’s wildlife-friendly farm on the southern tip of the Sandstone Trail.


A day later, it was the turn of Harthill to join in the celebrations, as pupils from Bickerton Primary School and visiting Windsor Primary School from Merseyside joined The Earth Skills Project based in the village to present a musical and poetry show on the village green, in front of parents and visitors from the local Bolesworth Estate.


The schools also joined local Harthill resident John Brown as The Earth Skills Project officially opened a new all-access section of the Sandstone Trail, leading out from the centre of the village, thanks to a funding boost from Cheshire West and Chester Council, The Sandstone Ridge Trust, The Bolesworth Estate and Global Industries with much of the work being undertaken by further education students and Duke of Edinburgh award participants from across the country.


The final day of Luke’s trek saw an early morning visit to English Heritage’s Beeston Castle where a traditional medieval huntsman greeted visitors.


The three day event came to a bustling finish on Saturday at the Forestry Commission Delamere Forest, where the Sandstone Ridge Trust offered country crafts and costume demonstrations giving families the chance to get up-close to ancient skills like metal casting, wood-working, sword-fighting and archery, along with discovering how modern-day archaeologists connect with the history of the Sandstone Trail.


Gary Ball, Project Coordinator for the Sandstone Ridge Trust’s ‘Ridge, Rocks and Springs’ Heritage Lottery Funded Project said:


“Such a fun, interactive hands-on event was a great way for families and youngsters to discover the unique landscape of Cheshire, its rich history and wildlife in marking the 40th anniversary of the Sandstone Trail.


“Working with other organisations and their volunteers has helped cement the value of heritage and conservation groups based along the Trail and we plan to continue this work along the Ridge in protecting and enhancing this special place for future generations.”


Chris Meredith, Project Officer for white-faced darters with Cheshire Wildlife Trust added: “This has been a fitting and exciting celebration for our ground-breaking project with the white-faced darter and the opportunity to meet with so many communities along the Sandstone Trail – especially young people – means that we can hopefully keep both the natural history and the human story behind the Sandstone Ridge alive for another 40 years.”


Denise Heayns from Cheshire West and Chester Council added: “We’re delighted to have been involved with the Sandstone Trail celebrations, including working with Frodsham Town Council and their Festival of Walks project to connect up organisations right along the Trail route.”

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Find out about the latest projects to protect and enhance Cheshire’s Sandstone Ridge…





The Sandstone Ridge Trust will be showcasing its new project: Ridge Rocks and Springs—a sandstone legacy.

Volunteer to discover the past on your doorstep with this unique community project. Come along and learn more about joining in, researching quarries and wells and recording them for posterity.


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Cheshire Wildlife Trust is the only charity dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and wild places in Cheshire. Working with the Forestry Commission, mossland habitats are being restored within Delamere Forest to secure the future for white-faced darter dragonflies.


The Meres and Mosses is a wetland landscape of international importance that includes some of the rarest habitats on Earth.Funded by HLF and DEFRA, The Landscape Partnership and Nature Improvement Area aims to work with communities, farmers and business to enhance this landscape for the future.

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The Earth Skills Project is a community interest company (CIC), based in the village of Harthill, Cheshire. It has been developed to inspire learning and improve wellbeing by connecting people with nature.        



The Sandstone Ridge Trust would like to thank all of the following partners who have helped organise this event. It is thanks to all of their hard work and dedication that this has been possible.

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Volunteers needed to support new project named The Ridge Rocks and Springs

The Sandstone Ridge Trust has received £49,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting new project, The Ridge Rocks and Springs – a sandstone legacy, to be conducted over the next three years throughout the length of the Cheshire Sandstone Ridge. The Trust is now looking for volunteers from the local communities to join in the project, researching the lost quarries and wells of the Ridge, seeking out their stories and recording them for posterity. 

The beautiful Ridge, where Cheshire rises from the plain in a series of rolling hills and dramatic sandstone cliffs, boasts a wealth of historic and natural heritage, from Iron Age hillforts to important heathland, and the project aims to understand how the sandstone and water supplies have enabled settlers, farmers and industrialists through the ages to develop this environment. The focus will be on quarries and methods of extraction, and on historic water supplies as well as springs