Geology expert wants to promote landscape

Dr Ian Kille at Bamburgh.
Dr Ian Kille at Bamburgh.

A former bed and breakfast owner with a passion for geology is launching a full-time business to give people the chance to explore and learn about Northumberland’s stunning landscape.

Dr Ian Kille had been running Northumbrian Earth – which includes a series of geo-walks to tell the story of the area’s rocks – alongside his five-star-rated Northumbrian House, in Berwick.

However, he has now checked out of the B&B industry and plans to launch Northumbrian Earth as a full-time business in the New Year.

The geology firm will be run alongside Northumbrian Fire, which produces hand-made ceramic pieces.

He said: “Geology has always been my passion as well as being my chosen area of study and I am relishing the opportunity to have a go at getting north Northumberland and the Borders on the map as the place to explore the landscape, its geology and the diversity of things that it connects to.”

Northumbrian Earth will continue its association with the Northumberland Coast AONB and look to expand the range and number of walks, talks and material it produces, building a relationship with the Northumberland National Park, among others.

Dr Kille plans to work with local schools on projects linked to the coastal geology.

Meanwhile, Northumbrian Fire will expand on a range of locally-inspired stoneware pots using cup and ring marks and its characteristic owl motif, as well as developing sculptural work. It has provided slip-moulded models of little terns which are being used by the RSPB, the AONB and Natural England as part of the project to encourage the terns to nest in the area.

Dr Kille will feature in the new series of Robson Green’s Tales from Northumberland to be broadcast in the New Year and Northumbrian Earth will provide walks for the 2015 Berwick Walking Festival.