A Future for Heavy Horses: Countryman Magazine, October 2013

Chris Wadsworth enjoys a close working relationship with his horse, Blue

Helen Johnson met Chris Wadsworth, who works with heavy horses, for Countryman Magazine.
Chris explained how he uses his horses to extract logs from forests, and for non-chemical bracken control. Continue Reading →

Alan Davies stained glass artist Dalesman December 2012 – Seeing the Light


Helen Johnson met Alan Davis, an architectural glass artist with a studio in Lythe near the Yorkshire coast. Alan features in the December 2012 issue of Dalesman Magazine, and was working on a big new window for Hexham Abbey. Continue Reading →

Dalesman August 2012: The Last of the Whitby Drift Netters and Maurice Atkinson’s Life in Pictures

Bob Marsden, last of the Whitby Drift net fishermen, and his boats

In the August 2012 issue of Dalesman Magazine, Helen Johnson met Whitby salmon netsman Bob Marsden, farmer turned artist Maurice Atkinson, and the founder of Galtres Festival, James Houston Continue Reading →

Dalesman July 2012 – A Feast of Old and New

Preserves made by Jane Sammells from the Yorkshire Dales recipe book

Helen Johnson visited the Dales Countryside Museum to meet food historian Jane Sammells, who was cooking traditional foods of the Dales.

She also went to Harrogate to see how the International Festival brings events to Yorkshire all year long. Continue Reading →

Dalesman March 2012: Revival in the Rountons, From Turkey Farmer to President, and Traditional Skills Restore Historic Buildings

Jenny Gaunt of Dark Star plants, East Rounton

For Dalesman Magazine March 2012, Helen Johnson visited the Rountons, villages where new ventures are bringing new life back to rural communities.
She also met Raymond Twiddle, a man who honed his business skills raising turkeys and now supports the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.
And finally she visited the Heritage Crafts Alliance, where trainer Glenn Young hopes to inspire people of all ages to learn the skills to preserve our historic buildings. Continue Reading →

Dalesman February 2012: Leyburn, Iron Age Hillfort at Sutton Bank, and Chris Topp’s Ironworks

Helen Johnson reported for Dalesman in February 2012, about a new volunteer visitor information point (TIC) in Leyburn in Wensleydale, archaeological research at Boltby Hill Fort near Sutton Bank, and the work of the National Heritage Ironwork Group (NHIG) at Chris Topp and Co Ltd, ironworks near Thirsk, Yorkshire Continue Reading →