Profiles in Practice

The wider value of the natural environment from a South Pennines perspective was explored at the Profiles in Practice event in Hebden Bridge. The workshop was supported by Natural England as part of the organisation’s work to update and improve the profiles for 159 National Character Areas (NCA).

Each NCA is defined as a unique combination of landscape, biodiversity, geodiversity and cultural and economic activities and follows natural lines in the landscape, rather than administrative boundaries. Natural England is revising all the NCA profiles to ensure information is available to a wider audience and the South Pennines NCA profile was the first to be revised during the summer of 2012.

During her visit, Val Kirby - Profiles in Practice speaker and Chair of the Independent Judging Panel of the UK Landscape Awards - said the South Pennines demonstrated the importance of landscape in people’s everyday lives. 'Even arriving on the train in the dark you get a sense of the nature of this place. With its steep narrow valleys, and the towns and moors rubbing against each other, the countryside is never far away.

The South Pennines is a distinct landscape in its own right; it’s only the administrative boundaries, of local authorities and counties that carve it up. It’s the partnership work of organisations such as Pennine Prospects that help reinforce the area’s unique identity.'

Profiles in Practice also featured a piece of innovative performance by local arts organisation Whitestone Arts, inspired by and featuring how residents feel about the landscape.

Watch the Whitestone Arts video, Crossing the Line, here.