Sandstone Ridge Landscape
The 13th-century Beeston Castle and the surrounding landscape of the Sandstone Ridge, Cheshire

Charity gathers views on Sandstone Ridge future

The Sandstone Ridge Trust has launched an online consultation into the future of the Cheshire hill, as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project exploring the long-term conservation of the ridge.

The Sandstone Ridge covers 230 sq km of rolling hills and escarpments between Frodsham and Helsby in the North, through Delamere, Cuddington and Beeston, to Peckforton and Malpas in the South.

It is home for 36,000 people; the location for 1,000 businesses; and is visited by more than one million people each year.

The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £97,200 to the Trust in October 2016, to explore how best to look after the Sandstone Ridge for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Andrew Hull, chair of the board of The Sandstone Ridge Trust, said: “This is an important opportunity for anyone living or working on the Ridge, or with an interest in it, to tell us what the landscape means to them. Do people think the Sandstone Ridge is changing? And, what are its future challenges and opportunities?

“The Trust will consider all responses and use them to inform and develop future options for the area.”

An online questionnaire is available for people to share their views and comments: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SandstoneRidge

The survey runs until 30 September.

The Sandstone Ridge Trust was set up as a charitable body in 2011 to build upon a series of landscape-based projects which have taken place along the Ridge since 2005.

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This is why I love and value PNW… my home is on the ridge and never knew the Trust even existed!! Time to fill in the survey… come on all you Prop people who share my geography!!

By Pete Swift

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