Ancholme Valley: Rediscovering and re-wilding a 'lost landscape'
SYBRG have recently been awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant to enable us to develop this exciting project over the next 2 years. Our aim is to uncover the historic landscape changes, focusing on the extensive rivers, meres, ponds, and decoys that once covered the area. Volunteers from local communities will discover and record cultural and heritage changes driven by the altered landscapes over time. We will also collate and coordinate information on the biodiversity of the area both past and present.
For more information, please visit: Ancholme Valley: Rediscovering and Re-wilding a 'Lost Landscape'
SYBRG have been awarded an ‘Awards for All’ grant to work with a range of stakeholders, local communities and individuals to look at ways of economically and sustainably managing overlooked or neglected urban woodlands. The project arose out of discussions at the Shire Brook Valley Steering Group with local conservation/ friends of groups, the community forum and heritage group about the long-term management of urban woodlands planted in the Valley in the 1980s and 1990s. The Shire Brook Valley is a post-industrial former coal mining area; part was created a local nature reserve 23 years ago. There is now a pressing need for the woodlands to have proper sustainable management to ensure they develop into biodiversity rich mature woodland which can be enjoyed by local communities around the Valley. This situation mirrors many other such woodlands which have developed or were planted around the same time on other post-industrial / reclaimed sites.
The project will be formally launched with a series of presentations and discussion on 24 June at Sheffield Hallam University Owen Building) in Sheffield city centre. Following the launch there will be several workshops and visits to different sites and local enterprises to look at the practicalities of managing these woodlands.
This 2-day conference on the theme of ‘Investigating Tree Archaeology’, was held in Sheffield in May 2018. It looked at the archaeology and heritage at the core of understanding treescapes (past and present). Our aim was to raise awareness of the overlaps and potential for synergies across different specialisms, to increase the level of discussion to inform current and future practice. The conference, through a mixture of plenary and parallel sessions and field visit, enabled around 100 participants to hear a range of speakers on various aspects of tree and woodland archaeology.
The conference gallery has been added to the Projects & Events Galleries page and can been found via the 2018 tab:
Reconstructing Gillfield Wood's Historical Setting
The SYBRG in association with Friends of Gillfield Wood have just completed a major Heritage Lottery-funded project exploring the history of Gillfield Wood, Totley, Sheffield and its surrounding area. Alongside archival research on the history of the site, including its industries, especially water management, the project set out to examine other aspects of the location. Extensive surveys were undertaken of hedgerows, veteran trees, waxcaps and allied fungi and ancient woodland indicator species.
The remaining project events are listed - a waxcaps survey day and the project finale, a celebratory open event with members of the group and displays, etc. All welcome.
The results of the project are now available at the Reconstructing Gillfield Wood's Historical Setting web site which is now online via the link, below.
Reconstructing Gillfield Wood's Historical Setting
Eco-science in the Park: Shadow Woods and Ghosts on Peatland Landscapes
free drop-in event on Saturday, 7 October at the Moorland Discovery Centre, Longshaw
Running from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day will be an opportunity to find out more about SYBRG’s ongoing projects around sphagnum & the ‘healing harvest’; deer; waxcaps and wood-pasture; and shadow and ghost woodlands; as well as the first findings of the BES Peatlands SIG/ SHU peatlands profile project.
Further information and venue details: Eco-science in the Park: Shadow Woods and Ghosts on Peatland Landscapes
Reconstructing Gillfield Wood's Historical Setting - Water, Woods & Wildlife
This project, organised by SYBRG with the Friends of Gillfield Wood, is funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It will place Gillfield Wood (an ancient woodland) the stream that flows through it and its setting into a wider historical landscape context to include field boundaries, ancient hedgerows and more. The project will look at how the woodland and its setting have changed over hundreds of years and what evidence there is today. However the community activities will also delve inside the wood to investigate the unique and remarkable dressed upright stones/ stoneposts which have been placed in the stream, we believe at some point in the last few hundred years, and to place this historic site into a wider context of water, geology and land-use. The field survey findings will be supported by archival research, and a legacy of the project will be enhanced skills and knowledge in the local community plus an on-line heritage resource.
Details and current timetable on the new project page: Gillfield Wood
The SYBRG team