Forest of Bowland AONB

Landscape Stories

Countryscape created a range of interpretive materials for the Landscape Stories project: a two-year local heritage programme, which aimed to “peel back the layers of history” and encourage both local communities and visitors to better understand and celebrate the Forest of Bowland landscape.

Using case studies, the project focused on four main themes: archaeology and historic landscapes in the Forest of Pendle; dairying and cheese making around south west Bowland; traditional chair making in the village of Chipping; and the lime industry in the upper Hodder Valley.

The result of this work is a richly illustrated publication, exploring the history of the Bowland landscape though local stories, poetry, songs, traditional arts and crafts. Breaking with convention, the publication was produced solely in electronic format as a highly engaging interactive ‘flipbook’ – enabling readers to literally ‘turn the pages’ online and access multimedia content, such as photographic slideshows and audio information, including radio broadcasts.

This work also involved producing a pop-up display for the purpose of promoting the project at events and workshops.

For more information – and to view the interactive flipbook – visit