Celebrating Woodland Heritage

Newground were asked by Pennine Prospects to tender for some work funded by the National Heritage Lottery fund , Newground Together, Yorkshire Water and the Green Bank Trust as part of a 3 year programme ‘Celebrating Woodland Heritage’ that looks at, and seeks to record the hidden heritage of the South Pennine Woodlands. Woodlands are recognised as a major heritage asset and this project aims to uncover and celebrate this under-appreciated ‘hidden heritage’  through archaeological survey, research and analysis, and aims to engage communities across the South Pennine area, with festivals, workshops, walks, involvement in survey, training and a series of Forest school workshops and heritage activities.

Newground were asked to look at Woodland heritage through Forest schools with schools in the Burnley area.

We have been working with Cherryfold Primary school and Springfield Primary school with heritage inspired themes in the outdoors, looking at how we might have lived and used woodlands in the past whilst learning how to light fires, build dens, decorate with and use natural materials and cook food outdoors and to appreciate the wider landscape with a moorland trip up to the iconic Singing Ringing Tree. We also worked in partnership with Pippa Rochford of KidzArch, Burnley Borough Council and the National Trust encompassing visits and workshops in the woodlands both at the National Trust site at Gawthorpe Hall and Towneley Hall.