SCHOOLS in the Cumbrian section of the North Pennines AONB have been taking part in a creative writing project that is inspired by the world around them.

Pupils are drawing inspiration from the landscape in their towns and villages to record their outdoor experiences during the lockdown in the form of a poem or as a story.

It is called the Fellfoot Fables project and is part of the Fellfoot Forward scheme which has received National Lottery funding to support it.

Katie Hale, who is delivering the online workshops, said: “Fellfoot Fables is a great chance for young people and members of the community to engage with the landscape around them, through writing.

“It’s fascinating to explore how the land has altered during lockdown, and to see people’s relationships to where they live emerging during this time of social and environmental change.”

Hallbankgate Village School, Castle Carrock School, and Hayton C of E School are among some of the schools from the area that are taking part in the project.

The video workshops produced by Katie are available online on the North Pennines AONB Partnership website for parents and teachers to use as a resource.