Forest of Galtres Society

Winter programme

6/10/22 Lecture;  ‘Islamic Gardens in Spain – Reflections!’

10/11/22 Lecture; ‘Northerners: A History, from the Ice Age to the Present Day’

26/01/23 AGM and Lecture; ‘A UNESCO Global Geopark for East Yorkshire’

25/02/23 Lecture; ‘The Great North Road: then and now’

23/03/23 Lecture; ‘Collapse of the lead mines in Victorian Swaledale: Where did the miners go?’

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January 12, 2023

Thursday 26th January 2023 is the Annual General Meeting of the Society

After the AGM we shall hear a lecture by Paul Thornley who can tell us about the project he is managing. Paul is Chair of Yorkshire Philosophical Society’s Geology Group and Yorkshire Philosophical Society has the project under its wing.

The lecture is entitled ‘A UNESCO Global Geopark for East Yorkshire’

As Paul says, UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development.

A Geopark is not a designated landscape and must put the local communities at the heart of everything, talking to landowners, local businesses and councils. While geology is important, it will not be a ‘geology park’, but one where natural and cultural heritage is linked to the landscape.

Have you ever wondered why some areas have brick houses and others have street after street of stone-built houses?  Why some places are on the flat, some have rolling hills. Some have rivers, some not. Some landscapes have trees aplenty; others are almost barren of trees, with only grass and stone-wall surrounded fields.

Some places have ‘hard’ water, others have ‘soft’ water from the tap and it is much nicer.  The big factor behind these and many other differences is that the geology beneath and nearby has a profound effect upon our daily lives. Paul is not likely to cover that topic, but he is certain to know what he and his team think is very special about the Yorkshire Wolds and the Global Geopark for which his team is currently putting together a claim for special UNESCO designation.

Easingwold Methodist Chapel, commencing at 7.30pm, Members £2,Guests £4 to attend.


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