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 Warden Update - April 2017

Volunteer Group

Coleorton Wood.
We have completed the clearing and coppicing of the shrub areas required to be maintained in the management plan. We have been closely monitoring the inflow and outflow of the pond to try and maintain a high water level for the drier summer period. There is a small leak on one side of the pond and we will look at blocking this off over the summer period.
The remainder of the group's time has been spent clearing fallen or partially fallen trees, predominantly in the Post Office Field.

New Lount Reserve.
We have now ceased the thinning of woodland for the summer period. We have spent some time burning off woodland waste and waste cut in the open glades. The remaining time has been spent preparing and installing the sand martin bank, which is now complete.

The Workshop Group
The Group has completed the manufacture of the Sand Martin Bank, which is now installed beside the large pond. The remaining time has been spent manufacturing the sign posts required for New Lount Reserve; these are now ready to install.

Group Plant Sales
The Volunteer Group is holding two plant sales in May. The first is on Saturday 6th May and will be at Coleorton Wood - 10.00a.m. to 1.00p.m. The second one will be at New Lount Nature Reserve on Saturday 20th May, same times.

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Newbold Heritage Group

The seven interpretation boards have now been manufactured and are being stored in my garage. We have a detailed plan for the installation of both the sign posts and the interpretation boards. We are short of volunteers to assist on the day of the launch and are looking for assistance from other sources. LCC are preparing a publicity leaflet for the site which will strongly feature the heritage trail. The launch of the heritage trail will take place on Saturday 13th May 2017 1.30p.m. for a 2.00p.m. start. We are hoping that as many members of the Parish Council will attend the launch.

War Memorial Cleaning/Restoration

I have been in contact with the War Memorials Trust who has informed me that they do not consider painting the lettering as the best way to improve the visual impact of the inscriptions. This would eliminate Skillingtons quotation as they cannot do re-cutting of letters. The WMT suggest getting the lettering re-cut, which will improve the impact and then should remain clear provided the lettering is carefully washed on an annual basis. The location of the war memorial is very rural and this is partly to blame as the lichen thrive in this environment, which means that the war memorial will require regular cleaning to keep it clean enough to read the inscriptions. They have also advised me that this work could be funded, up to possibly 75%, through the War Memorials Trust's grant scheme and are amenable to considering a two-phase project. We would need to supply a minimum of two quotations.

Ashby Museum

I have set up the display on "A Brief History of St Mary's Church". This will be available at the museum until September when it will be changed to feature Coleorton in WW1. I have completed cataloguing the Coleorton Parish Council records that were handed over to the museum. Ashby Museum >>

Replanting the Post Office Field at Coleorton Wood

Mick and I have discussed the current situation which has resulted in a large number of trees coming down within the Post Office Field, some of which have fallen in the period after storm Doris. They create a great deal of work to bring them all down to the ground and then tidy up the fallen trees. We now have a lot of timber which is difficult to remove from the wood and gain any value from.

The main reason for these trees falling is the previous lack of management resulting in the larches in particular growing tall, to reach the light, whilst still having a small root-ball - they are basically "unstable". The effect of taking out some of the trees is to expose the trees that are left to any high winds. It is also likely that storm Doris weakened some of the trees which is probably why they have come down since. We have taken a number of trees out that had obvious signs of the root ball moving and would have fallen at some stage.

I believe we should take some advice on the best plan of action and I have already started to ask some of the appropriate people. The option to take out all of the larch trees would be very drastic and may generate some adverse comments from visitors to the wood. It would probably be more acceptable to take out the larch trees an area at a time and replant, section by section. This work could be carried out by the Volunteer Group, but there is an issue of extracting the cut timber from the wood; a contractor would have the equipment to do this.

John Macdonald (April 2017)

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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