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Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Step into Staffordshire

It feels like I haven't blogged for ages! Easter, a busy Rowan House and school holidays have conspired to mean no spare time! Anyway Stan and I have managed our quiet walks together again this week where we get to take in and love our surroundings without the other puppies in our life to distract.
It was so gorgeous this morning I thought I would share it all with you. It was a little cooler than the last week, but clear with that fab earthy smell that transports me to childhood. Lots of flowers and the hedgerows seem to grow and extra inch each day. The birds are so busy and active and if you stand still long enough you get to see where nests are as birds are in and out of one spot. This unspoilt nature is such a rarity today and I treasure the fact I get to experience & share it.
I also appeared on our local radio this morning discussing the merits (or not!) of using the expression "Staffordshire Peak District" when describing this very special part of North Staffordshire, Staffordshire Moorlands and Peak District borders. It seems that there is real feeling and passion. For me it boils down to affectively sharing this beautiful part of the UK with those who may not know we are here while very carefully looking after our environment and community without which, Staffordshire would lose its essential feeling.
For those of you who may not know...here's a little background. Staffordshire is a huge county that has many very different areas from the the Black Country borders in the south to the Peak District borders in the north. We are based in the very special and unique North Staffordshire which enjoys a range of different landscapes. There are deep valleys like the Churnet Valley, high, bleak moorland that is magnificent and majestic and there are fabulous areas of ancient woodland that give you a feeling of a different age. Within all these areas are communities like no other. Farming, rural business and warmth are the key and one of the big centres is the historic town of Leek with its award winning Fine Food Market and amazing architecture. Many people of Staffordshire will identify themselves with a particular place or area like the Staffordshire Moorlands. However, in order for visitors from outside the county to find us on the net or to understand where we are, the term "Staffordshire Peak District" is used to umbrella all that I have described. There are parts of the area that are part of the greater Peak District, we know that "Peak District" is a term many people use to locate events, accommodation and holidays and it is hoped that more visitors will be able to discover the Moorlands, Valleys and Attractions by associating us with such an iconic location as the Peak District.
I would love to hear what you think as a local or a potential visitor to the area. How do you feel about the use of different terms to describe North Staffordshire? Are you confused or do you feel you know the place better?

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