Apologies for it being a while since my last update. It has been a busy start to the year with the final batch of woodland surveys being undertaken. Only two more left to go and then loads of reporting.
But that will not be the end of activities this year. Oh no! the project continues up to December, starting with a Woodland Festival this coming Sunday (see poster). So here are a few dates for the diary:
Woodland Festival as Hollingworth Lake hosted by Rochdale Council as part of the project (see attached poster)
The Archaeology of Redisher Woods walk hosted by Friends of Redisher Wood Local Nature Reserve: https://www.facebook.com/events/240348600175407/
Smithills Woodland Archaeology Walk hosted by the Woodland Trust: https://www.facebook.com/events/963493467372651/
QGIS Workshop in Hebden Bridge (more details to follow)
Learn how to use QGIS, a Geographical Information System software used by archaeologist when undertaking site and landscape wide investigations. The software has been used widely as part of the Celebrating Our Woodland Heritage project to manage the survey, view and analysis Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data as well as to georeferenced historic maps. If you fancy learning how to use it for yourself this is your chance (more information will be available next month for this event)
June 13th & 14th
Woodland Heritage Festival at Hollingworth Lake hosted by Rochdale Council as part of the project
June 16th – 29th
Community Excavation of possible First World War practice trenches recorded in Long Wood, Copley during the survey season of 2018. (more information to follow)
September (sometime and for charity)
Join me for a weekend walk along the Rochdale to Ilkley Roman Road and laugh as I do it dressed as a Roman Legionary to help raise money for a mental health charity.
Oh and there will be a further one or two woodland walks, where you can again laugh at me dressed as a 14th century peasant (it’s a tough job … )!
There will be more events but I need to confirm dates and details. Not least for a couple of project round-up events later this year which will include the launch of the project book and sculpture trails.
Speak to you soon
All the best
Christopher Atkinson BA (Hons) MA
Heritage and Landscape Development Manager
Honorary Visiting Lecturer in SAFS University of Bradford