This group have been busy working away in many parts of the garden.   Weeding, planting, tidying.  We meet weekly and work alongside Pendle Heritage staff Peter and Emma. They have both worked hard over the winter making raised beds, improving the woodland walk, removing trees and planting up ready for summer.

Everyone is welcome to come along and join in the fun. Just two hours on a Wednesday morning on a regular basis can make all the difference for you and to the garden.   If you can’t make that day/time Emma will be pleased to see what best suits you.

Red Flowering Broad Beans. Attribution: Emma Walker

Why is gardening good for you?

It can help to keep your limbs and joints supple, particularly boosting hand strength, its good exercise for your heart, its good for creating a sense of calm and wellbeing which will make you feel more content.   It will give you a boost of Vitamin D.   And by having a good laugh with fellow volunteers can help to reduce stress.   What’s not to like about it?  And could it be said that gardens are good for the soul?

Don’t forget you can relax in the cafe afterwards with a cup of tea or soup or sandwiches or whatever delicious food is on offer.

Banner Image:Forsythia. Attribution:Rdsmith4.


 Eric Knowles

Eric is looking forward to visiting family who live locally and when he does as he is  very much looking forward to visiting the cafe in the Heritage Centre. It’s always nice to receive his messages of support.  As most of you will know Eric is a local lad, born and bred in Nelson.  He is an expert in his chosen field of glass and ceramics and many of you will be familiar with him as a presenter on the Antiques Road Show, Bargain Hunt and other programmes.

Bobby Elliot with the Friends in the Heritage Garden

Bobby Elliot

A member of the iconic rock band, The Hollies. Bobby met with our secretary Jean Hardman last Autumn shortly after his book was published.  We hope to see It Ain’t Heavy, It’s My Story: The Autobiography of Bobby Elliott for sale in the Heritage Centre shop before long.   Bobby has six decades worth of musical anecdotes.   Sadly it may be a while before we see him in person as he has a very busy nationwide tour later this year. We wish him good luck for the tour.

Banner Image: Bobby in the Heritage Garden with Jean Hardman, Secretary. Attribution: Alan Hardman

The first dig of the year will commence on the 3rd of June and run throughout the following week.

It will be a closed dig which means you will need to be a member of the Friends (single £14, family £24) to participate or visit the site.

The site is near a notable early Post Medieval building and we hope to be pushing the sites history back even further.

If you wish to be involved please email us for further details –

Please note that even if the weather is misbehaving we will still be working at the dig site. Weatherproof facilities mean we can start cleaning the finds and assessing the site based on what we have found.

Alex Whitlock

Another chance to join our intrepid group as they explore the hidden secrets of the area. This one will be a very soft option. Meet in the cafe at the Heritage Centre at 10.15am and then onto Widdop. Usual thing about suitable feet (may be a bit boggy), hats, clothes, food, drink etc.
The area was the site of a small settlement & there are parallels to be drawn with our usual study area. And it has some sandy beaches (sometimes).
As stated above this is a very soft option – its all on the level & will not strain my newly damaged knee (providing I use a stick) so it could well suit those who find our usual walks a bit taxing.
The only note of caution is that some people find the road to Widdop a little intimidating, but driving with care & consideration makes it less so. Or you could leave your car en route & continue as a passenger.
And Widdop is a nice place for a picnic too!

This month we will be looking at the valley connecting Ogden & Barley to Roughlee & Thorney Holme.
Meet 10:15am in the Heritage Centre cafe, then onto Barley for the start of the walk.
Make sure you have the appropriate footwear, clothing, food, drink etc.