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    Discover more about Cumbria's upland hay meadows and the work being done to restore them on the Hay-Day walks.

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    Help Cumbria Wildlife Trust conserve the wildlife and wild places of Cumbria for the future.

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Ted Relph

Ted Relph

Born in the family cottage at Crosby Fell in 1925, Ted's perspective on the changes he's witnessed in the landscape have made a fascinating contribution to the High Fells Project.

From changing farming practise to the great motorway construction of the 70's, Ted has seen the way the impact of human efforts affect the high wild place he has lived in all his life.

In one of the most poignant comments of the project, he says the changes aren’t always obvious, but that progress brings "sort of subtle changes now and again; you couldn't list all the changes except all the birds appear to have disappeared…"

Ted has been closely involved in the Commoners Committee of 1966 – which was established to protect tenant farmers and monitor the land use changes of the area over the years.

He remembers going out with his mother observing and collecting for the Wildflower society, and his knowledge of the flora of the high fells and meadows is rich and informative.

Perhaps surprisingly, given the breadth of his experience, when asked what really sticks out as a big change, Ted’s response is simply "…all these folk trailing about!" The coast-to-coast crosses Crosby Fell and the modern, heavily-kitted walkers are an anathema to a man who’d head out with no more than a light snack to keep him going.