Coleorton Parish

Coleorton Parish in Leicestershire includes the villages of Coleorton, Coleorton Moor, Church Town
and Farm Town as well as parts of Peggs Green, Griffydam and Lount

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Heritage Wardens

Heritage Report for May 2018

Full report in the monthly listings on the right.

Volunteer Group

Coleorton Wood

We have strimmed and cleared the car park, and at an appropriate time will look at treating it for weed removal. We have also managed to strim a large amount of path edges throughout the wood. A number of planks of timber have also been produced with the milling attachment.

About Coleorton Wood >>

Management Plan

The short-term work programme for the woods expired at the end of 2017 and needs now to be reviewed and a new work programme agreed for the next five years. I have not been informed if this plan is being produced.

Forest Schools

Viscount Beaumont School continue to hold their Forest School in the wood.

Swingboat Nurseries Nurseries have now started to bring small groups of children to New Lount reserve as part of their Forest School activities.

New Lount Reserve

We have spent the time tidying up the areas where we have been woodland thinning and repairing fences.

About New Lount Nature Reserve >>


The Workshop Group is making good progress with the war memorial bench. We produced a number of planters from wood cut from the wood and these have been sold at the recent plant sales.

More about the Volunteer Group >>

War Memorial Cleaning/Restoration

The cleaning of the war memorial took place on Tuesday 24th April; and a short report, with photographs, has been sent off to the WMT. We are awaiting their feedback on the cleaning. It would appear that there will be no need to have the inscriptions re-cut. However as the war memorial is in a very rural location it may be necessary to have it cleaned on a regular basis (possibly every two years) to keep the algae and lichen contamination under control.

WW1 Celebrations

The head teacher at the school has held a meeting with the staff to firm-up on the projects to be carried out by the children for the celebrations. We will be meeting this week to discuss further detail of the project.

The WI has said that they will help with the food and drinks, but we now need to agree what food and drinks is required and what the cost will be. I am hoping that with commitment from the community there will be no need to seek funding from NWLDC, although this still may be an option.

John Macdonald (May 2018)

Coleorton Parish have two Heritage Wardens -
John MacDonald and Rob Oldham.

John Macdonald has recently retired from running his own consultancy business, where he was involved in the food manufacturing industry. John and his family have lived in Coleorton for nearly 20 years. John is involved with various projects with the Swannington Heritage Trust and is working with the Council on the management plans for Coleorton Wood. A keen genealogist, John likes to research into the history and heritage of family members to understand “what life was like when they were alive”. John is a member of the RSPB and has always had a keen interest in natural history and the countryside. email John MacDonald

Rob Oldham is a retired academic, previously based at De Montfort University in Leicester, where he worked in ecology, especially in respect of amphibians. He continues to study amphibians in Coleorton, especially the common toad and the crested newt. He served as secretary of the Coleorton Millennium Committee and was involved with the development of the Coleorton Heritage Trail. email Rob Oldham.

The Heritage Wardens work closely with The Coleorton Heritage Group and The Coleorton & New Lount Volunteer Group.


Heritage Warden reports

See also reports from the Volunteer Group and Heritage Group

(These reports are in pdf format)

May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
January 2018

December 2017
November 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
Annual report to May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
January 2017

December 2016
November 2016
September 2016
August 2016
April 2016
March 2016
January 2016

June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
February 2015
January 2015

December 2014
October 2014
August 2014
June 2014
May 2014
March 2014

December 2013
September 2013
March 2013

October 2012
September 2012

October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
June 2011
April 2011
February 2011

October 2010
September 2010
July 2010
May 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010

October 2009
September 2009


Coleorton Heritage Group

Coleorton & New Lount Volunteer Group

Population Census