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New: 23/01/2021

Image of the week.....

Send a photo taken within the last month which displays anywhere in K'o Parish and shows the season

Ruth Lee

Sunset over

St Oswald's

Tower Hill

Please send photos to Please send full size photos at least 3000x4000 pixels with your name and the location of the view. The aim is to have a photo that is replaced each week, deadlines 1, 8, 15, 22 of the month. For advice about sending full size photos from Apple phones click here

Cumbria in Bloom Award 2020

"For an exceptional effort in 2020, keeping our environment in good heart and an inspiration to others"

Winner Village Gardens Kirkoswald in Bloom                                                      For more information click here

About Kirkoswald

You will find local information, information about Kirkoswald's entry into Royal Horticultural Society Cumbria in Bloom Competition and the National Britain in Bloom competition.

There is also information about Kirkoswald Parish Council and Kirkoswald Environmental Group.

Kirkoswald means the Church (Kirk) of Saint Oswald. Kirkoswald is about nine miles to the North East of Penrith. It is a small but vibrant village in the Eden Valley. The River Eden runs north from south of Kirkby Stephen to eventually join the Solway Firth.The valley is crisscrossed by a number of smaller roads as well as the M6, the A6 and the Carlisle to Settle Railway.

The village is approached by a narrow road that crosses the Eden by way of an impressive Georgian sandstone bridge.Traffic lights have been installed in recent years as a response to local concerns. The road sweeps up from the river passing the church and the College with its imposing gateway and walls.

The village itself is built up a quite steep hill with houses lining the roads to Brampton and Armathwaite. A lot of the older buildings are based around a cobbled square. K’o, as it is known locally, used to be a very important market town holding regular hiring fairs. It has the remains of Kirkoswald Castle and the term College refers to the training of priests. The importance of K’o declined after the railway came to neighbouring Lazonby. The Raven Beck flows through the village and gives its name to the shop, roads, houses, and the community magazine.


New features:   A Month by Month Look at Millie Bank - January 2021
                       The photos from the above report are name labelled and added to a collection in the photo gallery

                        so that you can get a full screen view.

RHS Britain in Bloom Competition postponed until 2022. We are still finalists for Britain in Bloom. We have an extra year to prepare.

In Bloom and KEG work parties have been limited to households working together or small groups working well spaced out. Gardening has been very important this year. It is good for getting exrcise, it takes our minds off other things. It is safer being otside with plenty of fresh air. It allow us to see and talk to others at a safe distance.We also had some lovely weather at the start of the first lockdown.

Many thanks to our sponsors

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Newest presentations at the top

Developing a pond for wildlife from scratch 

Wildlife visitors to our pond

June 2020 Kirkoswald Allotments, Orchard, Pond and Wildlife area 

Colonisation of Common Wood after the 2012 flood

Spring Virtual Raven Beck Walk

May 2020 Kirkoswald Allotments, Orchard, Pond and Wildlife Area


KEG Publications: downloadable documents

Article explaining  Ash dieback


The Last Flower is a short video about 4 minutes in length, which draws attention to the threats faced by wild flowers in the UK, and has been put together by Nigel and Lois Harbron, from Kirkoswald, with the help of their offspring Rob and Jo.


In 2019, Nigel Harbron composed a tune he called The Last Flower after seeing yet another species-rich verge being turned into a lawn.  In 2020, Rob (a professional musician) arranged and recorded the tune, and Lois, Jo and her husband Seb, started gathering photographs and short video clips to be shown as the tune played.

The Last Flower                

For a full,explanation, click here to see their Press Release

It will download, on a Windows PC to your Downloads folder. If it appears in the bottom left corner of your screen click to read it.


The state of nature: 41 percent of UK species have declined since 1970s. Author:Josh Davis First published 4 October 2019............... Source Natural History Museum (UK)

"A new report has found that the UK's wildlife is continuing to crash, with hundreds of species now at risk of disappearing from our shores altogether.

Over the past 50 years, urbanisation, agriculture, pollution and climate change have all caused the nation's plants and animals to dwindle - a trend that has continued unabated within the last decade despite efforts to reverse these losses."


North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)


We are linking up with Fellfoot Forward to share ideas, expertise and resources

Led by the North Pennines AONB Partnership, the Fellfoot Forward Landscape Partnership Scheme is a major project to conserve, enhance and celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of a special part of the North West of England. Developed with local communities and organisations, the scheme was awarded funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund in 2020 and will run until 2024.

The Fellfoot landscape stretches from the Cumbrian fellside of the North Pennines AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark to the River Eden, and runs north from Melmerby to Hallbankgate. A landscape with 8000 years of human stories and home to wildlife scarce throughout the rest of the UK. Farming practices, many generations old, are responsible for protecting our soils, mitigating flood risks, and protecting heritage features.

We hope the scheme will provide a huge boost for the area. Our work will allow greater access to restored heritage sites and promote a deep understanding of the Fellfoot landscape’s special cultural history. Working with partners and local communities, we aim to strengthen the visitor economy, providing a better future for residents and businesses. Our projects are exciting and varied, and we hope there is something for everyone to get involved in.

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