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The Friends of Hutton Roof Common is a new charitable group set up by villagers to promote practical conservation, sustainable access, enjoyment and heritage of Hutton Roof Common through volunteers, for the benefit of the Parish of Hutton Roof and the public. Also, to educate the volunteers, parishioners and public in the principles and practice of conservation.

The group has been registered with TCV, the Community Volunteers Association which offer lots of support and guidance to conservation volunteers and has enabling the group to obtain public liability and volunteer insurance. The group will undertake practical conservation work on the Crag, in the area within the parish. The aim is to restore lost habitat to promote biodiversity and restore access to the world class limestone features.

The group would like to involve as many people as possible and to raise some money to help with the start up and on going costs, (e.g. the insurance premium was £350). You are invited to join as a member, have a say in the organisation and vote at the AGM. You will also be first to know about interesting talks and events organised by the group.

How did we get here?
As you may know, the fell race route on the crag has been cleared every spring for about 35 years. Last year villagers were approached by Peter Standing of the Landscape Trust to help with the Landscape Trust event last September. Routes and features that featured in the guided walks were cleared and the Village Hall hosted and catered the event.

Hutton Roof Crags is a world class example of Karst Landscape but the great views of the limestone have been lost over the years since grazing ceased. Peter Standing produced a paper “Restoring the Rakes” which he presented to the Parish Council back in autumn and gained their support for the project. A survey carried out in the 70s found Hutton Roof Crags to be in the top three for biodiversity. Stephen Ward, who was one of the authors, lives in Arnside and Peter got him involved too. Stephen has been coming along and advising the group on what to remove and what to preserve as well as doing some of the work himself. Another driver was a wish by Fell Race Organiser, Stuart Williams, for the Fell Race to put something back into the area.

The crag is a SSSI and any work has to have permission granted by Natural England. Peter Standing
applied for permission to do the work, to make a start on Restoring The Rakes and this was granted by Natural England and counter signed by the Commoners Association. Peter's Hutton Roof and Farleton Geotrail booklet launched last September has raised £200 for the cause. The Commoners are the farmers who have “gates” on the Crag, that is the rights to grazing etc. The Commoners also have an agreement with Natural England for certain works to be done and the groups will be working together.

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