Wednesday, November 14, 2012

News of Chalk and Trees in the Chilterns

Chalk and Trees is the magazine of the Chilterns Conservation Board and the Winter 2012 has several items of relevance to this web site:

Online Information on Studham and Kensworth

The Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service is creating detailed web pages covering the history of Bedfordshire villages. There is excellent information for Studham, and pages for Kensworth are being planned - both these villages having previously been part of Hertfordshire.

First World War Trenches at Berkhamstead

Work is currently being carried out to map and eventually preserve some of the training trenches by troops who had been based on "Kitchener's Field" near Berkhamsted Castle. The magazine includes a call for volunteers between now and next April - contact Norman Grove for details.

Ancient Woodland in the Chilterns

The Chilterns Ancient Woodland Survey has now been published and is available online. There are detailed maps which show where there are still woods that were there when our ancestors farmed in the area.

A Local Hill Fort is Revealled

Living in Tring I find it frustrating that three Iron Age forts - on Ivinghoe Beacon, Boddington Hill and at Cholesbury are just over the county boundary into Buckinghamshire. The magazine describes work to make the Boddington Hillfort (in Wendover Woods) more visible - so you can now clearly see the structure of the surviving banks and ditches. The Conservation Group would welcome more volunteers.

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