Path to the past at Moor Pond Woods

Volunteers from the 'Friends of Moor Pond Woods' working on an archaeological excavation in October 2014.
Volunteers from the 'Friends of Moor Pond Woods' working on an archaeological excavation in October 2014.

Volunteers are needed to help develop a conservation trail promoting the fascinating industrial past of the Moor Pond Woods in Papplewick.

The Friends of Moor Ponds Wood community group have teamed up with Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC)’s Green Estates team and the Greenwood Partnership on a £29,200 scheme supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund to help promote and conserve the land for future generations.

An archaeological dig has recently uncovered a stone sluice which was hidden within an embankment on the site, and the plan is to create a conservation trail over the next 18 months linking this site to the other stone sluices which have been found nearby. They meet on Sunday, March 22nd and Sunday, March 29th, Moor Pond Woods, from 10am to 3pm.

Stephen Walker, chairman of the Friends of Moor Pond Woods group, has been involved in the project since 1999. He said: “We are keen to ensure that the area’s industrial beginnings are remembered and this Heritage Lottery Fund project is helping us to achieve this. There are stories of folklore surrounding the Moor Pond Woods and our work can help bring some of the past to life.”

Councillor John Knight, committee chairman for culture at NCC, said: “The Moor Pond Woods have a fascinating history and there are great opportunities to get involved with the Friends group and the Green Estates team to learn new skills, socialise and help contribute to this exciting heritage project.”

The Friends group meets on the final Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm, at the Village Hall. Roles include helping with historical research, maintenance such as litter-picking and pruning, helping with archaeology, surveying and fundraising.