Lost Woods of the East Peak
'Lost Woods of the East Peak’ followed on from the successful Shadows & Ghosts woodland project which we ran in 2012. This project started to uncover evidence of the lost woodland heritage on the eastern fringes of the Peak District around Longshaw and the Burbage Valley. It focused on areas along the edges of moorland revealing sometimes spectacular old trees and sites with carpets of bluebells and wood anemones in spring and small gnarled and stunted bushes or trees which may be hundreds of years old.
The Lost Woods of the East Peak project is being run by South Yorkshire Biodiversity Research Group (Econet) with funding from the Peak District’s Sustainable Development Fund. It aims to build on the 2012 project extending the area under investigation and running more workshops for local community volunteers, students and others, to gain skills in uncovering this hidden past.
This short series of workshops was taught as a mixture of indoor talks and outdoor site visits to local moorland fringe areas including Stanage Edge, White Edge, Gardom’s Edge and Baslow Edge. Botanical indicators, worked trees, landscape and other features were all identified, discussed and recorded.
The programme of workshops also included a specific training workshop for group leaders, rangers and trainers (run from Baslow with a field visit to Stanage Edge), as an introduction to the topic and engaging youth and other groups in searching for Lost Woods whilst on field visits to the East Peak.
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Lost Woods 1: Houndkirk Moor, Ringinglow, Sheffield (20 May 2015. Photos: Chris Percy/SYBRG)
Lost Woods 2: St Anne's Church Hall, Baslow & Birchen Edge (10 June 2015) Group Leaders' training day (Photos: Chris Percy/SYBRG)
Lost Woods 3: Hathersage Memorial Hall & Stanage Edge (16 June 2015. Photos: Chris Percy/SYBRG)