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05 Jul 17

Archaeology workshop

In July 2017 a one-day workshop was organised to introduce the concept of recording the historic environment using LiDAR and provide practical field experience. Under professional guidance, the team of staff and volunteers received theoretical and practical training in navigation, feature recognition, validation and recording of features revealed by LiDAR, OS maps (both historic and modern) and other documents. The practical session took place at the lower pools of Fishpool Valley, where volunteers armed with clipboards, tapes and enthusiasm attempted to locate, identify and record selected features such as coal-burning platforms, tracks and modern hedges. Together they designed a simple but systematic methodology that will enable non-specialist volunteers to transcribe features in the landscape in accordance with HER (Historic Environment Record) data standards.

A group of volunteers talk to archaeologists about the Fishpool Valley Project

08 Apr 17

Scrub clearance

During April 2017, the ranger and his team of volunteers worked on the Fishpool Valley Project by 'scrub bashing' tough undergrowth and young trees to clear areas in order to begin revealing the underlying designed landscape. Sensitive and thorough assessments for possible nesting birds were carried out before any work took place and the team has taken the utmost care so as not to damage any existing structures. During the process, the rangers have found new structures that no one knew existed and have not been seen for possibly 200 years. The ranger team will continue to work closely with the Project Manager to uncover more of Croft's past over the coming months.

An area of Fishpool Valley after scrub clearance at Croft Castle in Herefordshire