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Kirkby Stephen benefits as Eden prepares for tourist influx

[Saturday 01 April 2006]

A Kirkby Stephen project is set to benefit as the region gears up for the busy tourism season ahead.

Poetry and industrial heritage have been announced as the beneficiaries of donations which will be raised during this year's 'Explore Eden' event.

Tourists' urged to donate to Eden conservation projects
Tourists' urged to donate to Eden conservation projects

The public are being asked to donate £1 per adult and 50p per child whilst buying their 'Explore Eden 2006' Passports which are available from today at Tourist Information Centres across the district.

Money raised will be used by The Tourism Partnership in conjunction with East Cumbria Countryside Project (ECCP) at two locations in the Eden Valley.

In Upper Eden, Kirkby Stephen's Poetry Path will benefit from some restoration work. The path was developed by ECCP and conveys powerfully the message about the role that farmer's play in the countryside.

Twelve poems by Meg Peacocke have been carved on blocks of stone installed at intervals along a circular route of public paths either side of the River Eden. Carved motifs with each poem depict activities associated with the hill farmer's year.

The Sandstone Quarry at Cowraik near Penrith, which is home to a wide variety of wildlife, is the other beneficiary. Owned by Eden District Council and managed in partnership with English Nature and ECCP, the Quarry will benefit from a new entrance sign along with scrub clearance which will keep its sandstone outcrops clear.

Last year Eden Attractions Open Week raised over £900 for similar projects and it is hoped even more will be raised this year.

"Explore Eden 2006 provides an exciting opportunity for local people not only to enjoy what Eden's tourism businesses have to offer over three weekends this spring but to help support some worthwhile conservation projects at the same time," said Charles Thornton, Eden's TIC Network Manager.

ECCP's Project Officer, David Nightingale, added: "We are delighted Explore Eden 2006 has decided to support two of a wide range of conservation projects currently being managed by ECCP.

"It will allow us to carry out important work at Cowraik Quarry and the Poetry Path at Kirkby Stephen, enabling people to continue to enjoy the peace and beauty of the Eden countryside."

For more information about 'Explore Eden 2006' contact Charles Thornton, Eden District Council's TIC Manager on 01768 867466 or email: pen.tic@eden.gov.uk

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