My Working Landscape


I have worked as a volunteer with Bradford Council Countryside Service for over five years now. I have the privilege to see the true beauty of the North that lies within a stones throw of Bradford and Leeds. It is a wild, sometimes dramatic landscape, formed by nature and shaped by man. I have brought a collection of photographs that show the landscape and our involvement in it. I hope you enjoy them. 
I helped construct this footbridge at Crossflats Beck. It is a particularly long footbridge and required a pier to support the span. Very proud of this.

This is a section of the Leeds Liverpool canal at the Crossflats to Micklethwaite bridge. Again I have used the colour accent to accentuate the green against the narrow boat in particular.
These sandstone ‘books’ are carved by the artist Martin Heron and entitled Literary Landscapes. They are installed at Penistone Hill, a site we manage above Haworth. This site is on the route up to Topwithens and Bronte Falls for all you Bronte fans. I love the stark feeling emphasised by the hard frost and dusting of snow.

This is a section of the River Aire next to Esholt Sewage works. I bet there’s not many sewage works quite so beautiful as this. The photograph was taken on a site visit.


Lunchtime at Sconce. I was closely involved with its construction from start to finish. Sconce is an area of Baildon Moor near Bradford that was once a mining village. The whole of this moor was extensively mined but is now a beautiful open landscape. Another  use of the colour accent, emphasising the sandstone path and greenery of the landscape.

The finished article. Sconce footpath 2011.
Uncovering the archaeology of an industrial landscape. This photograph with its wispy clouds and equally wispy grass adding a little drama, shows Richard Perham (left) my colleague and boss; along with Gavin Edwards, archaeologist; installing drilled stone sets for surveying poles. The location of these poles is recorded using GPS. This is taken on top of Baildon Moor and is part of a project that is looking at gaining a greater knowledge of the industrial archaeology. 

Stone flags waiting to be airlifted to the top of Ilkley Moor. This project was undertaken in February 2011 to help with the protection of the upland peat bog. By installing a stone footpath it reduces the destruction of the habitat from extensive traffic on wet peat uplands. 


The helicopter delivering a pallet load of stone flags. I am quite proud of this ‘action’ shot. I was on duty controlling the public access during the operation. Actually I saw two people all morning so it was not very onerous but it was very cold.

This picture was taken on another site visit to Harden Moor between Bingley and Keighley. It shows the village of Harden in the distance. I liked the sweep of the dry stone wall. 

This photograph was taken on the way to install a bridge near the village of Menston. We had to drive across the fields with the timbers and tools, then carry them through a further field. I loved the huge Oak tree against the backdrop of a winter landscape. This was taken with my phone camera.

This almost tropical paradise is actually in Ilkley. It is an area known as Hebers Ghyll which descends from Ilkley Moor through a steep wooded valley. The footpath zig zags its way up, crossing the beck with numerous footbridges. I used a foliage feature on the camera which makes the greens really green.


This photograph and the previous of Hebers Ghyll were taken on 4th June 2012 next to the Swastika Stone on Ilkely Moor. The views of upper Wharfedale and beyond into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales are spectacular. Tom has found himself a comfortable stone seat to pose shamelessly on.
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