Tarmac supports Northumberland National Park’s first STEM festival

September 7, 2021

Tarmac is proud to be supporting the Northumberland National Park Authority with its first STEM festival this September. 

The festival aims to encourage visitors to explore, discover and understand the National Park through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), inspiring people to help protect, conserve and enhance the park’s special landscape for future generations to enjoy.  

The six-week festival will run from Friday 10 September to Thursday 21 October 2021 and include a wide-variety of STEM-led activities, such as Little Larks Forest School, clay making workshops and navigation courses.    

There will also be tours where visitors can find out about the Victorian history of Catcleugh Reservoir and visit the Black House – the last remaining dwelling that was built to house the reservoir construction workers and their families in the late 19th Century.  

STEM Festival Exhibition

Sarah Burn, Head of Engagement at Northumberland National Park Authority, said: “Science and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are at the heart of everything the National Park stands for and aims to achieve. The STEM Festival provides opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to explore, discover and understand the National Park to help protect, conserve and enhance the landscape for the future.

“Whether that’s helping children and young people to learn and understand about different habitats, landscape formation or how humans have interacted with the landscape over thousands of years, or to be part of research and technology that can enhance the way we manage the landscape in a sensitive sustainable way; STEM in protected landscapes is key to all aspects of not just maintaining but developing and enhancing the National Park.  

“Officers across the Northumberland National Park use advances in STEM subjects to enhance best practise and test out new ways of working, from Rangers who plant willow to provide early pollen sources for bees, to ecologists who use rods to measure peat depths. We can’t wait to showcase what our staff do and inspire the next generation of National Park officers.” 

John Riley, regional operations director at Tarmac, said: “As a proud partner of the Northumberland National Park Authority, we’re thrilled to support this event to raise awareness of how STEM features in our everyday lives in ways that people might not always consider. 

“We hope the festival is a great success and encourage people of all ages to come along and learn more about our national parks.” 

To book tickets for Northumberland National Park’s STEM Festival, visit www.thesill.org.uk