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Woodland archaeology: banks and pits! - RFS one day training course


Date: Wednesday 26 May 2021 

(New date - originally scheduled for 12 March)

Instructor: John Morris

Location:  Hockeridge & Pancake Woods and The Old School, Ashley Green, Bucks

Course overview:  Hockeridge and Pancake woods is a large 74ha block of woodland on the edge of Berkhamsted in the Chilterns on the Bucks / Herts county boundary. The woods are ancient but have been replanted since the 1950s. We have identified a significant group of medieval pillow mounds from rabbit farming within Hockeridge Wood. Both Hockeridge and Pancake Woods have a complex internal and boundary wood banks which we are trying to understand. Johns Lane, bounded by old banks and hornbeam stub hedges, separates these two woods. Chilterns Lidar survey was flown in 2019 and has produced useful images of the ground surface of these woods.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn how to identify, map and understand the interesting historic features on the ground found in Hockeridge & Pancake Woods.  
  • Consider how to protect woodland archaeology from woodland management operations
  • Use of Lidar images and old maps to identify features and land use changes.

Duration: 10.00am to 4.00pm 

Price: £75.00 (RFS members) or £85.00 (non RFS members)

Note: Course attendees are advised to bring packed lunches as lunch is not provided.  Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided .

About the tutor:

John Morris is a self-employed Woodland Manager, mainly in the Chilterns, and also works part time for Small Woods as Project Manager for the Small Woods ELM Test & Trial.  He studied Biological Sciences at Exeter University. He has been giving advice and assistance on woodland management in the Chilterns for over 35 years. He has organized several conferences and training events. He is a longstanding member of the RFS and currently represents Oxon/ Bucks division on Council. John has been organizing volunteer workparties with the Chiltern Society in Hockeridge Wood since November 2014 and took on the role of woodland manager there in June 2017, so knows the woods well.

John Morris Photo