Volunteers investigating the site of First World War practice trenches located within Long Wood, Calderdale. Copyright Dave Doyle Comms

About Our Project

The Celebrating Our Woodland Heritage project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and led by Pennine Prospects. To find out more click HERE

Forest Schools

A programme of Forest Schools aimed at early years and primary age children and have been funded as part of the project. Find out more HERE


You can find out more about our events and how you can get involved with the Celebrating Our Woodland Heritage Project HERE


Long Wood Community Excavation

Between the 16th and 29th July 2019 members of the public, including families and students from the University of Bradford undertook a community-based excavation of a little know First World War practice trench located in Long Wood, Copley, West Yorkshire. The investigation forms part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Newgound Together, Yorkshire Water and […]

Celebrating Our Woodland Heritage Conference

On the 16th – 18th November, Pennine Prospects and the University of Bradford will be hosting the Celebrating Our Woodland Heritage Conference at the Norcroft Centre, University of Bradford. This three day conference forms part of the Heritage Lottry Fund Celebrating Our Woodland Heritage project and includes: Friday 16 November 2018 Towards an interdisciplinary understanding […]

Ogden Water, Calderdale – Roman Road Excavation

As part of the Celebrating Our Woodland Heritage project, Chris Atkinson, Woodland Heritage Officer of Pennine Prospects led a community-excavation of a Roman Road site at the Yorkshire Water property of Ogden Water, Calderdale, West Yorkshire. The investigation took place between the 9th and 24th June 2018. The road site has long been interpreted as […]

Visiting A Mesolithic Forest

When we speak of ‘Ancient Woodland‘ today, we are referring to woodlands with a rich biodiversity, and as we have seen with the archaeological surveys undertaken as part of this project a rich history dating from prehistoric times through to the modern era. In truth however, these areas of ‘Ancient Woodland’ (of which an area […]

Firing Prehistoric Ceramics

During February, and following on from the prehistoric pottery workshops hosted by Pennine Prospects and Dr Mike Copper a Prehistoric Ceramic Specialist from the University of Bradford at Gibson Mill, Hardcastle Crags. Mike, returned to demonstrate the processes involved in the firing of the prehistoric pots created by volunteers and the pupils of Riverside Junior […]

The Charter of the Forest

Today (6th November) marks the 800th Anniversary of the Charter of the Forest signed by Henry III in 1217. The charter served to complement Magna Carta and served for the first time to restore some rights and privileges to the common man. ‘Royal Forests’ held by the Crown, did not simply mean a wooded area, […]

Redisher and North Dean Woodland Surveys

On Thursday we begin our seven days of archaeological woodland surveys at Redisher Wood, Ramsbottom, Lancashire and then North Dean Woods, Copley, Halifax.  It has certainly been a busy start to the year!  By the end of March we will have investigated 16 woodlands since January compiling some 800 new records relating to the past […]

Hywels Traditional Charcoal Production Video

Back in September, University of Bradford PhD Student Hywel Lewis undertook an experimental wood burn using traditional techniques as a means of producing charcoal within North Dean Woods, Greetland, Halifax. Find out more about the process from Hywels video!

Tinderwood Trust Forest School

An important aspect of the project is the promotion and encouragement of natural play and development through Forest Schools amongst young children attending primary school.  The Celebrating Our Woodland Heritage project is funding a series of Forest Schools across the South Pennines with the aim of not only encouraging play and personal development but to […]

South Pennines History Group Conference

On Saturday we celebrated the launch of the Celebrating Our Woodland Heritage project as part of the South Pennines History Group Day School hosted by Pennine Heritage at the Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge. The event was well attended and consisted of a morning of short lectures detailing the importance of woodland heritage, archaeology and ecology; […]