THE ‘exquisitely unusual’ Earth Beneath My Feet - inspired by Ingleborough - has been commended in the annual Tratman Awards.

Considered to be one of the UK’s premier national caving awards, the prestigious accolade recognises excellence in subterranean publications.

The judging panel praised the concertina-style book, which was written by artist Annie Farrer and cave diver John Cordingley, as ‘an exquisitely unusual publication’.

Earth Beneath My Feet features intricate illustrations and poetic writing set within breath-taking descriptions of underwater exploration and images all based on and under the slopes of Ingleborough mountain. A portion of its sales go towards the Clapham based Cave Rescue Organisation, whose volunteers go to the aid of both people and animals in trouble in the area.

The book was part-funded by Stories in Stone, a programme of conservation and community projects in the Ingleborough area, led by the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) and mainly funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Annie said: “It is very encouraging to receive this commendation from the prestigious Tratman award.

“It is also reassuring to know that our project has been noticed when it has been created out of something so vital to us individually, above and below ground, in this most precious of landscapes.”

Debbie Boswell, project officer from YDMT, added: “Annie has used her skills as a professional artist to paint an evocative window into the world of caving that appeals to a wide audience.

“Matched with John’s expressive prose and photographs of his experiences, this has created a unique book bridging the two worlds. It’s great that it’s been recognised for its merits.”

Annie has worked as a freelance artist, teacher and latterly a writer, in the UK and abroad, specialising in the meticulous detail of grasses and the overlooked in nature.

Her inspiration over the last 15 years has come directly from the slopes of Ingleborough, beside which has been her home since she was three years old.

John was the diving officer of the British Cave Rescue Council for 27 years, although he has been on many overseas expeditions his primary interest has always been caving exploration projects in the Dales. He now works in the area.

The YDMT, based in Clapham, is now inviting applications for grants to help create new native broadleaf woodland.

The charity’s woodland creation programme, which is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, is open to anyone who owns or manages land and will help plant woodland of any size including the costs of fencing and planting.

Carol Douglas, Woodland Officer at YDMT, said: “We’re delighted to be offering support to those individuals and groups who want to create beautiful woodlands that everyone can enjoy.

“This is a key part of our Together for Trees campaign as well as providing an opportunity for people to get actively involved with trees and woodlands and the social benefits they have to offer.

“If you have a desire to create woodlands for the future then please get in touch for an initial conversation about the process. The next application deadline is 7th September 2020.”

The scheme forms a key part of Clapham-based charity’s Together for Trees campaign, which aims to plant an additional 40,000 trees this winter to reach its ambitious target of 100,000 trees.

For further details contact Carol Douglas, carol.douglas@ydmt.org or call 015242 51002.

Copies of The Earth Beneath my Feet can currently be purchased from www.ydmt.org and online through Annie’s website: www.anniefarrer.com