Much of the land in Upper Teesdale is owned by two large estates, Raby and Strathmore.
8,800 hectares forms the Moor House-Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve managed by Natural England and one of England's largest National Nature Reserves.
Image: D Oatway
Natural England were partners in Teesdale Special Flora Trust's Plants on the Edge project and instrumental in field trials set up in 2021 and 2022 investigating the viability of a variety of techniques to reverse declines in the Teesdale Assemblage, including cutting of taller and more vigorous vegetation; the creation of suitable habitat by localised soil stripping/exposure close to existing populations of rare plants; mechanical scarification and a trial which simulated poaching by cattle hooves on Widdybank Meadow. (Poaching in this case refers to trampling of the ground by animals.)
Image of Natural England team applying the scarification treatment on Widdybank Fell plots using a hay tedder (photo D.Oatway)
Raby and Strathmore Estates also provided support for Teesdale Special Flora Trust's Plants on the Edge project, both financially and by sitting on the project's Steering Group.