Celebrating Our Woodland Heritage Project
Pennine Prospects’ Celebrating Our Woodland Heritage project is jointly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Yorkshire Water, Newground Together and the Green Bank Trust, with support from the University of Bradford’s School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences. This three year project (2016-2019) seeks to enhance our understanding of the historical and archaeological development of woodlands across the South Pennines.
Until recently woodlands across the region have received little historical attention. As a result landowners and the West Yorkshire and Lancashire Historic Environment Records are lacking important archaeological information that would otherwise support any proposed woodland management activities. This project serves to rectify this situation, whilst raising awareness and promoting the history and archaeology of woodlands to the public.
Through a series of archaeological surveys, workshops, excavations and Forest Schools; individuals, societies, pupils and families have been learning archaeological skills whilst contributing towards the regions understanding and appreciation of woodlands.
The results of the investigations will be compiled into a series of publicly accessible reports and publications as well as a community and academic conference. A series of heritage trails within woodlands across the region (including Towneley, Hardcastle Crags and Healey Dell, Rochdale) will also be launched so walkers and families can explore the history of woodlands for themselves.