Heritage Site and Artefact Protection
Ancient burial sites and Iron Age Hill Fort earthworks eroded by visitor footfall or rabbit excavation have been carefully restored by Cotswold Estates and Gardens, overseen by English Heritage experts, to protect and preserve the sites and their archaeology for future generations. This has included reconstruction of dislodged and fallen stonework, lifting turf from and relaying incorporating ground reinforcement or protection. Paths were constructed with a ‘sacrificial’ wearing layer to protect the underlying structure. Temporary fencing was erected to enable re-establishment of vegetation cover to adjacent eroded areas of the heritage site.
The restoration by Cotswold Estates and Gardens of 1.3km of decayed historical drystone boundary wall on Leckhampton Hill, Glos., required liaison with land owners, Borough and Parish councils, ‘Friends’ and user groups plus Government Agencies. The working area spanned Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI’s), an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the nationally recognised Cotswold Way footpath and other public Rights of Way. Footpaths and Public Access had to remain open throughout the works, so there was an emphasis on public safety, while the SSSI and AONB required the work to be carried out in a way that would not cause them to be damaged or lost. Walling stone had to be obtained from a local quarry and built in a style that reflected that of the original wall.
Cotswold Estates and Gardens built the educational ‘Dinosaur’ garden at Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock to display fossil Dinosaur footprints discovered in and donated by a local quarry. An authentic Jurassic landscape with period planting including a life size model of the Dinosaur responsible for the prints. Lighting, irrigation and installation of a shelter and interpretation boards completed the package.
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