So Monday, I spent the day on a fieldtrip in the North York Wolds with the Yorkshire and Humber Planning and Conservation Team. We were bussed around to various sites in the Wolds. It was aimed at trying to convince the team that the National Monuments Record and the scheduled lists were no reflection on the amount of or importance of the archaeology in the Wolds. Every year new cropmarks are seen in aerial photography. None of these are scheduled or protected and so continue to be ploughed year after year.
In an attempt to protect the archaeological features, English Heritage are entering into a partnership with landowners. Around the Birdsall Estate (where we were first), the landowners are sympathetic to the archaeology but this is not always the case elsewhere unfortunately. Farmers are offered compensation so as they take the field out of cultivation and leave it as pasture or sometimes the area around the monument is left uncultivated. Local groups also go out to clear away scrub from some features.
|This is one of five Bronze Age round barrows in this field on the Birdsall Estate. The other four have been levelled and are only visible as cropmarks. This one while being preserved has had a water tank built on top, he’s not gonna plough that out.|
We also visited Weavethorpe church, a Norman built church which has been protected from closure recently by community intervention and education.