On Saturday 21st September, the Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service hosted the “Part of the Heart” event as part of the National Moment…..one of many across England, Wales and Northern Ireland Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The National Moment was in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the National Parks & Access to the Countryside Act of 1949, the legislation that created protected landscapes that we know and love – and the Lincolnshire Wolds is one!

People from across the Lincolnshire Wolds attended the event at Welton le Wold disused quarry, held by kind permission by the landowners on private land.

The day started a little misty but the sun soon shone through, enabling a day with full sun and not a cloud in the sky!

Once the longer, morning walk through the protected landscape set off, partners Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and Love Lincolnshire Wolds set their stalls alongside the AONB information, with Nice & Toastie providing freshly made bacon butties, toasties and drinks.

People started arriving, reading the literature and crafting until the start of the shorter walk, looking at the ways that the ice advances have formed the landscape, left remnants of straight tusked elephant and rocks from Scotland, through to the Cold War use of the gravels which were so extensively quarried here.

After both walks were finished, time for more crafting, photos with the selfie frame and maybe one more toasties before we all gathered to create the heart in the landscape. 80 good people of Lincolnshire formed a heart, listening to the reasons why they were all stood in a reclaimed quarry whilst Links2Lincs took video and drone footage!

At the end, everyone was presented a copy of Fugitive a poem by Simon Armitage, Poet Laureate, specially written for the celebration.

For further information please contact the LWCS office (01522) 555780 email: aonb@lincswolds.org.uk