in our Midst!
English Heritage’s “at risk”
officer, Imogen Sandbrook, met with residents on 10th March to talk
about conserving and investigating Feckenham’s “Manorial Moated site” – known
to most of us as the Recreation Ground!
The site is a scheduled monument and is considered to be at risk because
of erosion and unmanaged vegetation.
As a first step, it was
suggested that a community group should be formed to apply for funds so that an
investigation could be made of what the site contained and what could be done
to preserve it. This would take the form
of an extensive geophysical survey.
Although a good deal of research has been done in to the “hunting lodge”
on the site, it is thought that the origins of the moats and earthworks could
be very much earlier. The knowledge
gained from the survey would hopefully give an idea of what the area would have
looked like in different stages in its history – and some form of display could
be devised to make people aware of this.
Later in the project,
remedial work would be undertaken to manage the trees and shrubs which are
currently making the moat and the ramparts of the monument unstable.
A preliminary steering group
was informally set up with Jen Clements as Chair, Judy Underwood as Secretary
and Alan Jones as Treasurer.