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 April 2018

Full report in the monthly listings on the right.

Volunteer Group

Coleorton Wood

We have laid a section of hedge and have now stopped habitat management work until the autumn. We have used the milling attachment to mill some planks from trees that had been cut down in the wood. We have spent time cutting down and clearing two trees that fell down into the neighbouring field. We have also milled some planks from these fallen trees. We spent time clearing and unblocking the brook that runs just outside the wood's fence near the pond.

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, although recent weather has restricted this.

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

We have agreed to supply Outwoods Edge Primary School, Loughborough, with cut timber for their school forest school. This wood will be supplied from New Lount Reserve this month if the weather allows.

New Lount Reserve

The group has spent all of the work sessions thinning woodland. We will soon move into spring and summer site maintenance work.

About New Lount Nature Reserve >>

More about the Volunteer Group >>

War Memorial Cleaning/Restoration

The cleaning of the war memorial is now scheduled to be carried out on Tuesday 24th April,after which an assessment will be made with WMT as to how much re-cutting of inscriptions is required.

WW1 Celebrations

I have had preliminary discussions with the head teacher at Viscount Beaumont School and she is enthusiastic to have a "Celebration Party" at the school on a Wednesday afternoon in September. Prior to this party the children will be carrying out projects relating to WW1 and their work will be exhibited at the party. I can also do a small exhibition on the 26 fallen who are associated with Coleorton.

I have asked the Coleorton WI if they would be prepared to make the food for the party, and if so how much it would cost.

NWLDC funding is up to 500 but it needs to be match funded; would the Parish Council be prepared to match fund this event?

If we proceed with event I will require some assistance to get it properly organised.John Macdonald (April 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.


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See also reports from the Volunteer Group and Heritage Group

(These reports are in pdf format)

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Coleorton Heritage Group

Coleorton & New Lount Volunteer Group

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