Talkin Tarn Country Park

Woodland management work at Talkin Tarn Country Park

The Forestry Commission has awarded Carlisle City Council a woodland improvement grant to improve Talkin Tarn’s woodlands for public use and its wildlife. The grant is awarded over the next 5 years with the majority of the woodland work taking place in the next few months.

The first phase of work will address tree safety and thinning of various areas of the woodland. The tree safety element will address trees that are dead, dying, or dangerous concentrating on areas of high public use such as the trees located on and around the tarn side paths. Some trees will have the deadwood removed, some trees, where it is possible to do so, will be left as standing deadwood for the benefit of wildlife, and some trees will need be felled completely.

The thinning element of the grant will address areas of the woodland where very little or no light is reaching the forest floor due to trees such as mature Beech and Sycamore, which are non native to Cumbria, having closed dense canopies. Removing certain trees in these locations will increase light levels throughout the woodlands, creating a more dappled shade and some open spaces, which will allow the ground vegetation to recover. It will also allow new native trees to grow giving a healthy balance of mature trees with new trees coming through and give the woodland improved ‘structure’.

The grant is also to fund work to improve access to the woodlands and improve the visitor experience. This work will involve the installation of steps, improving some of the existing footpaths, and removing fences to improve access into the newly planted woodland.

Jim O’Neil, Woodland Officer, for the Forestry Commission has been instrumental in awarding this Woodland Improvement Grant for Talkin Tarn says “ The work outlined over the next few years I see as a necessary step in managing the woods in order to add more ecological diversity over time. The safety work is of course vitally important at such a site, but opportunities to improve habitat are going to be taken even when the immediate objective is safety, with removal of tree crowns etc. As always forestry work can look stark when it begins, but in a very short space of time the positive results will begin to show through to provide both a better environment for wildlife and a safer resource for the public.”

Talkin Tarn is a very sensitive site for wildlife therefore the aim will be to keep any disturbance to a minimal. However, the nature of the work means that forest machinery will be used, which inevitably means that vehicles will move through the woodland. Therefore as the work progresses there may be signed footpath diversions in place diverting visitors away from work areas.

A map highlighting the general locations of the work are detailed below. If you have queries about the work then please e mail parks@carlisle.gov.uk or telephone Talkin Tarn on 016977 3129 or the Civic Centre on 01228 817473.

Talkin Tarn Country Park logoSnow at Talkin TarnView from Tearoom

Talkin Tarn Country Park, close to the historic market town of Brampton, nestles in a 165 acre site, containing a glacial tarn surrounded by mature woodland and gentle meadows with the stunning Pennine Hills as a backdrop.

The Tarn has long and rich history and has traditionally been used for recreation since at least the middle of the 1800's. The same is still true today with visitors coming from far and wide to enjoy all that the tarn has to offer.

There is a 1.3 mile circular path that is ideal for a gentle stroll. This path is hard surfaced and accessible to all. There are also three way marked trails of varying lengths; 1.5km, 2.5km and 3.5km starting from the car park and on into woods and fields.

A permanent orienteering course and numeracy trail are available for self led activities. The park is an ideal location to bring a school class for a day of environmental education activities, and even has a small camp site available for organised groups.  To book the campsite, please fill in and email us the form below.

Talkin Tarn is also a  popular location for water sports, and also has an independent water sports provider offering a variety of water based activities with various equipment for hire. You can also bring your own sailing boat, come fishing and even take part in open water swimming. There is also a rowing club, sailing club and a model boat club based at Talkin Tarn.

On site there is a Tearoom, Gift shop and take away service. Talkin Tarn has modern welfare facilities as well as changing rooms for water sports users. There is also a beautiful log cabin available for hire. Talkin Tarn also has a local arts and craft exhibition space located in the historic Alex Boathouse building.

Tarn rowing boat  Talkin Tarn Walking

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Natural England Country Parks Accreditation

Country Parks Accreditation SchemeWe are very pleased to have been awarded Country Parks Accreditation (external link) by Natural England.

This shows that we provide the facilities and services expected of Country Parks. Not all sites calling themselves country parks currently deliver all the facilities and services expected of them.

Country Parks were established as a result of the 1968 Countryside Act and there are currently more than 400 sites that call themselves Country Parks in England. They are visited by over 70 million visitors a year.


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