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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Herdwick sheep and old bus factory among Cumbria's 'treasures'

Herdwick sheep, Kingmoor woods in Carlisle and wide open spaces – these are some of the suggestions about what makes Cumbria special.

Sheep photo
Herdwick sheep

The initial results of the Treasures of Cumbria project are being examined after a roadshow gauged opinion from people in Carlisle, Maryport, Penrith, Keswick and south Cumbria.

Suggestions ranged from familiar landscapes to food, from Derwentwater and Eskdale Mill, to Cumberland rum butter and Westmorland chutney.

Others included the popular Crosby Garrett Roman helmet, the Leyland bus factory in Workington and the Carlisle charter of 1316.

The Cumbrian people themselves were also singled out for praise, with particular reference to their friendliness and helpful nature.

Treasures of Cumbria project leader Mary Ferguson said the roadshow helped the initiative get off to a flying start.

“We have tapped into the essence of Cumbria thanks to the people we have met, who have shared their views and suggestions,” she said. “We would now like many more people to do the same and upload their suggestions and pictures to the website.

“A treasure can be a tale, a memory, a place, a person, a living thing, or something of national or international significance.

“This month, we are focusing on food and would love to see more recipes uploaded to the site, but it is down to the individual to decide what makes Cumbria special for them. All they then need to do is share their thoughts and pictures.”

Chef and Cumbrian food champion Annette Gibbons is supporting the project. “We have a wide range of ingredients grown and farmed locally and available to all,” she said. “I believe it’s important to appreciate our local, seasonal food for the health and economy of Cumbria.”

Michael Curwen, from Kendal, won an iPad mini as part of the roadshow raffle after he submitted Gurnal Dubs as his treasure of Cumbria – a place he visits as part of an Explorers group that camps around Cumbria.

Suggestions can be uploaded at www.treasuresofcumbria.org.uk where all current treasures are on show.

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