NEWS, EVENTS and INVOLVEMENT.

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Our email address is:  suttonwallscg@gmail.com

#hillfortwednesday  (17th February 2021)

As part of #hillfortwednesday Historic England has put up this article about Sutton Walls Hillfort and the recent grant they have awarded.

You can read the article here.

Sutton Walls features on BBC TV’s Midlands today.

 

Interest in Sutton Walls escalated at the end of January following features on both BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester and BBC TV’s Midlands today. The website https://www.suttonwalls.co.uk had over 600 viewings in a 10 day period which is well above average.

 

This surge of interest followed a report that Sutton Walls Conservation Group has received a £12,600 “Heritage at Risk Repair Grant” from Historic England to help in saving this decaying but important Iron Age hilltop settlement. This grant has enabled the group to commission surveys which will add detail to the overall conservation management plan for the monument. 

 

Ecological surveys by Worcestershire company Swift Ecology will map significant older trees and they have already started monitoring and recording the habits of the bat and badger populations. This will continue over the seasons and give guidance on how the site is managed for their wellbeing. 

 

Herefordshire Archaeology will plot and provide an accurate digitised map of the site. Not only will this map show boundaries and contours but it will show in greater detail areas of Sutton Walls that may be archaeologically significant along with other visible human-made and natural features. 

 

Sutton Walls Conservation Group is very grateful for the support of local landowners who are allowing Hereford based geophysics specialists TigerGeo to track four areas of land in and around the Walls with magnetometry. This will yield more detail of what survives unexcavated within the hillfort and characterises some of the features outside the entrances to the Scheduled Monument. This work will commence soon but is quite dependent on weather and soil conditions.

 

Reports of the surveys are expected by the end of March 2021.

 

If you would like to find out more or become involved in this project please contact us via email at suttonwallscg@gmail.com

For more information, to become a Friend or to get involved as a volunteer in the future when Covid restrictions allow please contact:

Jane Keating – Secretary to Sutton Walls Conservation Group

suttonwallscg@gmail.com

Historical Walking Trail.

Sutton Walls Conservation Group have launched an exciting new heritage walking trail map that transports you back in time to explore life on Sutton Walls in the Iron Age and Roman periods as well in the time of Ethelbert and Offa.

Please note the footpath is uneven, steep in parts and can be quite muddy. You will need sturdy footware.

You can buy a trail map and walk at your leisure. The map is on sale at the Golden Cross pub in the centre of Sutton St Nicholas or you may print your own lower quality image using the pdf icons next to the following images.

Click on this pdf icon to print this page or view it on your pc etc.

Click on this pdf icon to print this page or view it on your pc etc.

 

Significant News.

Sutton Walls Conservation Group has taken a big step forward in securing the wonderful Iron Age hillfort's future for generations to come.

The group, which was established in 2017, responded to a call from Historic England to help manage the site as it was on their 'at risk' register. Working with the Gwynne family, who have owned the site for several generations, the lease has now been signed, giving the SWCG the responsibility as tenants to take on the task of managing the site in terms of its outstanding value for archaeology, nature, farming and people.

The next step will be to instigate a Conservation Management Plan, which will inform and guide the way forward and could include a range of actions such as providing interpretation boards, coppicing, opening up viewpoints and stabilising the hillfort's ramparts. The public footpath, which circumnavigates the hillfort and is excellently maintained, will continue to provide access to the site and a great opportunity for walkers. Find out more by picking up a Heritage Walking Trail map from the Golden Cross pub or visit www.suttonwalls.co.uk . Keep an eye out for more news and opportunities to get involved in looking after, and making the most of this amazing site, right on our doorstep!

 

Visitors to Sutton Walls should please keep to the public footpaths at all times.

Forthcoming Events.

Several events were scheduled to take place this spring and summer. These events will rearranged for dates yet to be set. We hope to include guided walks with an expert leader; museum visits and work groups. Please look out for further information.

We have created a Face Book page and we will be posting updates as we move forward www.facebook.com/SuttonWallsCG/

Historic England's Heritage at Risk Register 2019,  Case Study, Sutton Walls Camp.

Read full case study text of this important document by clicking the pdf icon.

Above text and photograph are copyright of Historic England 2019

Event Archive

Historic England Grant 2021

Sutton Walls Quiz. May 2020

Sutton Walls and Herefordshire in the Iron Age - Postponed March 2020

Coffee Morning and Walk 2019

Photography Competition 2018

Drone Usage, Saturday 27th February.

Sutton Walls Conservation group, working with 'Low Level Views', would like to warn walkers that a drone will be carrying out an aerial survey at the western end of Sutton Walls this Saturday. The drone will be operating commercially under strict CAA regulations and should cause you no inconvenience.

This is part of an on going project to help us understand more about the topography of Sutton Walls and how it fits into the local landscape.

Please be aware that the public footpath remains muddy in places including the area around the west end and extra care should be taken in those areas.

View existing aerial material at www.suttonwalls.co.uk/gallery

Sutton Walls Conservation Group (SWCG)  is a

foundation Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)

Registered Charity Number: 1175194

Registered in England and Wales.

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