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 January 2018

Full report in the monthly listings on the right.

Volunteer Group

Coleorton Wood

The group has had just one work session at the wood since the last meeting. We are thinning and clearing the shrub areas that are required by the management plan and hope to have this work completed by the end of January.

About Coleorton Wood >>

Forest Schools

Viscount Beaumont School have started utilising the wood for their "Forest School". I have agreed to attend one of their Friday sessions in the wood to meet the children and explain what the group is doing with the wood.
I have been in communication with Emma Bate from Swingboat Nurseries and she is currently looking at utilising New Lount Nature Reserve as the location for a Forest School. I will be meeting Emma on the 24th January to agree the best way forward.
I have also had an enquiry from Outwoods Edge Primary School, Loughborough, who are looking for some large logs of wood to add to a Forest School area at the school; I am meeting them on 25th January to see how we can assist.

New Lount Reserve

The group has only had one work session since the Christmas break which was focused on the woodland thinning project required across a large area of the site.

About New Lount Nature Reserve >>

The Workshop

The Workshop Group has completed the six bench seats for LCC Country Parks at Snibston Country Park.
The group is planning the production of the war memorial bench and will keep the Parish Council informed of progress.

Milling Attachment

We are intending to organise utilising this equipment this month.

More about the Volunteer Group >>

War Memorial Cleaning/Restoration

I have confirmation from the WMT that our application is being assessed on 31st December and we should be notified of the outcome within 6 weeks of this date. If we are successful the WMT will pay up to 75% of the costs. We will complete the project in two phases:-

Phase 1 will be to have the war memorial cleaned and the lettering inspected to assess what recutting is required - Cost 800 + VAT

Phase 2 would be to get the necessary letters re-cut - The maximum cost for this is 1,520 + VAT

Replanting the Post Office Field at Coleorton Wood

I assume this topic will be left until the review of the management plan early in 2018.

Review of Coleorton Wood Management Plan.

We are due to review progress of the management plan this month and agree a new Short-term Work Programme for 2018-2023. We also need to check if we require a new Felling License for this period.

John Macdonald (January 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

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