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NWT woodland school workshop at Ganston Wood in October 2010Over 30 children from North Leverton Primary School have taken part in a five week workshop programme run by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust in Gamston Woods as part of the Trent Vale Partnership.

The children were taught a variety of outdoor skills such as how to light a fire, construction of a woodland shelter, identification of local trees and plants and cooking on an open fire.  The head teacher Kevin Bacon who accompanied the children said ‘it has been a great opportunity, the children have really enjoyed learning in the outdoor classroom.’  The Wildlife Trust plan to run another series of workshops with children from Farndon Primary School at Farndon Willow Holt this year with further visits taking place in 2011 and 2012 as part of our Sustainable Vale programme.

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Vales Tales

Viking ship mosaic inspried by Trent Vale historyExploring and celebrating the Trent Vale is one of our main aims. Now we are setting up and project working with communities to celebrate our local heritage through arts projects. The project is called the Vales Tales and we will be working with local artists and communities to interpret their stories in their own way, be it a community production, written work, traditional artwork or some other expression.

We will help to connect each community group involved in the project in order to break down river, county and district barriers, so that people can work together. In the final year of the project in 2012, a photographic competition and mobile exhibition of the final works will tour around the River Trent illustrating people’s varying perceptions of the Trent Vale and its local distinctiveness. This artwork will also be used to promote the area and encourage both local people and visitors to take an interest in its history, landscape and culture.

We hope that projects will be environmentally sympathetic with an emphasis on using local and recycled materials where possible. If you are interested please come along to one of the consultation events – we’d love you to share any ideas or get involved. It wont work without the support of the community!

Saturday 30 October 2pm Dunham on Trent village Hall

Saturday 13 November 2pm at Sturton le Steeple Village Hall

Saturday 20 November 2pm Beckingham Village Hall

Saturday 27 November 2pm Sutton on Trent Methodist Community Centre

Saturday 11 December 11am West Stockwith Village Hall

Please just turn up or contact Maddy Holroyd on maddy.holroyd@edfenergy.com or 07957 402144 or Ewa Majchrzak on 01246 570977 ewa.majchrzak@groundwork.org.uk

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west burton deserted medieval villageOur third cross partner training session, organised by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Conservation Department, was an insight into the Historic Environment Record (HER) followed by a trip to West Burton deserted Medieval village.

David Budge, the HER Officer (hence HER’O’), demonstrated the database to us and showed us how it would be of use for the the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership projects. It is sometimes referred to as Sites and Monuments Records and is the most comprehensive record of archaeological sites, finds and historic monuments in Notts county. The wealth of information contained within the database is astounding, detailing historic buildings, landscape features, discovered objects as well as details of excavations and surveys overlayed onto maps.

post medieval poultry feederThe rest of the session was spent touring the deserted Medieval village which is within the grounds of West Burton power station. What remains of this settlement, now a Scheduled Ancient Monument, is a series of earthworks outlining buildings, pinfolds, roads and field systems. Still visible on the site is the graveyard with toppling tombs, it’s church now gone. Cattle now inhabit the site and have been using the graves as scratching posts, so fencing has now been put up around to protect them from further abuse.

If you are interested in using the Historic Environment Record at Notts County Council to explore your local heritage, please contact the Conservation Department on 08449 80 80 80  or email: heritage@nottscc.gov.uk

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It was really good for us to get out of the office and see some real Trent ValeRomano-British well - each stone still lying in place after nearly 2,000 years heritage on our archaeological/ecological cross programme learning sessions for partners. Thanks to Notts County Council for organising two fascinating events, and we’ve still got two more to look forward to this year.

The first was a visit to the archaeological survey at Langford Quarry where evidence of Bronze-Age, Romano-British and Anglo-Saxon settlements was unearthed before our very eyes. It was completely mind-blowing to see evidence of daily life from past river communities – the animal slaughtering and meat butchering area, houses, streets, burial mounds and the still water-logged palaeochannel of the Trent (complete with 4,000 year old bog oaks preserved on the river bed). We were literally walking over artefacts such as Roman coins, neolithic blades, pottery and Anglo-Saxon post pads.

The next session was at Norwell Village and a talk by the Conservation Officer at Notts County Council, then we went on a tour of the village by the local community. We found out that there is more to buildings than first meets the eye, and that tell-tale features can tell the story of how the building has developed over time.

It’s been really great to get out and meet people, talk about community archaeology, local heritage and see how it ties in with the landscape and geology. The next one is on Wednesday (West Burton Medieval village and a talk on the Historic Environment Record) and there’s another planned for November on how farmers work with heritage specialists. Please contact Virginia if you want to come along!

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