A carved face into one of many boulders upon the steep slopes of Knotts Wood

About Our Project

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

Events and Activities

Find out about our events and how you can get involved in the Celebrating Our Woodland Heritage Project HERE


Interested in prehistoric pottery?

  Join Dr Mike Copper from the University of Bradford in preparing and firing pots in Hardcastle Crags in 2018. Mike’s pots featured as part of our Festival of Archaeology in June. As part of our on-going exhibition on the woodland archaeology of Hardcastle Crags in Gibson Mill, Mike is going to return and allow […]


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, […]


Forest Schools explore woodlands across the South Pennines

Saville Park School, Halifax in Long Wood working with the Tinderwood Trust funded through Celebrating our Woodland Heritage project Forest Scool workshop Healey Dell , July 2017 working with Nature Ed.  


Woodland Heritage project recruits horse power to help slow the flow in Calderdale

In the challenge to address flooding in the Calder Valley, a local charity, Slow the Flow Calderdale, has turned to traditional horse power with the help of the Celebrating our Woodland Heritage Project. The Project is promoting traditional woodland management and pioneering experimental archaeology in the South Pennines. Pennine Prospects has received a grant of […]


Hirst Wood Excavation 29th June – 2nd July

The investigation of charcoal burning platforms continues on the 29th June.  Over the course of four days we’ll be excavating a platform in Hirst Wood in order to determine the age of the platform asking: When was it constructed? How many times was it used? When did it go out of use?  We will also […]


Woodland Archaeology Festival 10th-18th June

In just under a month we will be celebrating all things woodland heritage at the National Trust property of Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge.  This family friendly event will include two weekends of experimental woodland heritage activities and craft stalls, as well as a week-long community excavation of a charcoal burning platform. Example of an experimental […]

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Digital Mapping: A GIS Workshop

A big thank you to all who attended the day long Digital Mapping: A GIS Workshop event on Saturday 6th May. This free event served to introduce members of the public to the uses of QGIS as part of an archaeological investigation.  The workshop consisted of a walk-through-talk-through at which followed instruction using their own […]


Woodland Archaeology Festival and Excavation

Between the 10th & 18th June we will be hosting an Archaeology Festival and Excavation at the National Trust Property of Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge. The event will display some of the historical uses of woodland, from the production of charcoal, iron smelting, pottery production and woodland crafts; we will have multiple stands you can […]


Digital Mapping: A GIS Workshop

Are you interested in digital mapping and the analysis of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data?  If so then perhaps this workshop to be hosted by Chris Atkinson, Woodland Heritage Officer on Saturday 6th May at the Town Hall, Hebden Bridge will be of interest to you. Visit our page Digital Mapping: A GIS Workshop […]


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 […]