A partnership aimed at creating a sustainable future for an important part of our scenery is calling on members of the public to help – by taking pictures.
The Greensand Ridge is a long, narrow, wooded sandstone ridge running 35 miles south west to north east from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay. Lying to the south of Bedford, it is surrounded by clay vales.
The heritage of this scenery has been gradually declining for decades, due to changing land use and modern built development.
Secrets of the Sands, the landscape partnership for the Greensand Ridge, aims to reverse some of this decline, raise awareness of the ridge’s unique heritage and involve local people in creating a sustainable future.
The venture is led by Bedfordshire Rural Community Charity and the Greensand Trust and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
They want to hear from people about what makes the Greensand Ridge special to them, to help build a record of the changing landscape.
They are asking as many people as possible to download the free app, Rate My View, from the App Store or Google Play, and use it to take a photo of their favourite place on the ridge and say why it is special to to them.
Make sure your GPS is on when you take the picture, so they can pinpoint the location.
The app will ask you: “Why is this your favourite place on the ridge?”, “What does this place mean to you?” and “What one thing makes the Greensand Ridge unique to you?” Uploaded pictures will be added to the Rate My View website. You will also be able to see how everyone else views our local landscape.
Secrets of the Sands is also running a number of workshops to shape the Greensand Ridge landscape for the future and to help it become a living and working landscape for future generations
At the first workshop, on September 30, they would like to hear from the community about opportunities to create interpretation along footpaths, cycleways or bridleways in the parishes on the Greensand Ridge to engage people with the natural and cultural heritage of the landscape.