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RURAL VISION. A view of Bradford District’s rural landscape and its public goods and services. Workshop at the Rural Conference, 21 October 2004 LAND WATER TREES. Mark Fisher mn.fisher@ukonline.co.uk. Moorland line (250-300m). ACCESS LAND. Access land.

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RURAL VISION

A view of Bradford District’s rural landscape and its public goods and services. Workshop at the Rural Conference, 21 October 2004

LANDWATERTREES

Mark Fisher

mn.fisher@ukonline.co.uk

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Moorland line (250-300m)

ACCESS LAND

Access land

Open country (mountain, moor, heath and down) and registered common land

www. countrysideaccess.gov.uk

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Grade 5

Agricultural Land Classification

Grade 3

Grade 4

No arable or horticulture

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Farming - Less Favoured Areas

Disadvantaged

Severely

Disadvantaged

  • Dairy farming - only holding on in valley bottom
  • Sheep and cattle – precarious viability on hillsides & moors
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Average Annual Rainfall

710-756

756-824

824-921

921-1083

1083-1344

Rainfall highest into the Pennine upland

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Harden Beck

Flood Risk Areas

North Beck

River Aire

River North

Bradford Beck

Clayton Beck

Reservoirs & Watercourses

Reservoirs

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Landscape Conservation Areas

Special areas of conservation

Twite

Lapwing

Curlew

Owl

Sparrow hawk

Kestrel

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Flood risk areas

Woodland Coverage

Woodland or plantation

< 5% woodland cover in Bradford District

Flooding risk in all riparian habitats

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Sphagnum moss

Bog asphodel

Sundew

Heath orchid

Ragged Robin

Cranberry

Water mint

Greater birdsfoot trefoil

Baildon Access Area

woodland & wildflowers

BAILDON MOOR

BAILDON BANK

Broadstone wood

SHIPLEY GLEN

Midgeley wood

Water wood

Loadpit Beck

Trench wood

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Bracken

Woodland spreading in from Mitton Spring

Millstone grit guild

Birch, rowan, holly, gorse, broom, heather

Baildon Moor - south

Moorland grass and sedge, with some heather and bilberry

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Baildon Moor re-wooding – action -plan

  • Identify archaeological sites
  • Survey soil depths
  • Devise planting plan – birch, rowan, holly, hawthorn, willow, broom, gorse – with some oak?
  • Fence off areas or use individual tree guards? Check whether commons registration affects ability to fence-off
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Workshop Feedback

ISSUES

1.The low tree cover in the District (4%) compared to the national average (10%)

2. The level of local information and promotion of open access areas in the District, and guidance on the public's use of the land

3. Because of the nature of land use in the District, there needs to be recognition that landowners as well as farmers need support for environmental management of their land.

ACTIONS

1. Develop a view and strategy for the public goods and services of the rural landscape of the District, exploring new woodland as a way in by considering the examples of tree planting in riparian habitats for flood mitigation and for the control of bracken on Baildon Moor.

2. Explore the potential of planning obligations as a means of raising funds in the District for organisations such as Forest of Bradford to carry out tree planting identified in action plans arising from the strategy.

3. Improve local information on open access by presenting feature walks on the council's website (i.e. the reservoir walks on the Yorkshire Water website) and accompany it with general information on open access and the Countryside Code. Refresh and vary the Guided Walks program of the Countryside Service.