DerwentWISE – Project Team
- Derbyshire WildLife Trust (DWT)
- Lea Historical Society
- Woodland Trust
This project is an example of a targeted woodland/field survey undertaken to identify and record surviving archaeological remains that are not formally recorded. At Lea Wood/Meadow (owned by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust) a proposed community project is planned to investigate the nature and extent of archaeological remains/features present in the area.
In 2013 Heritage Lottery Funded – Community Heritage Project took place. The work included a phased programme of archaeological survey and archive research through to possible excavation. The work will assist with understanding, conservation and interpretation of the remains.
This project will build upon the results of the Lea Wood project; to incorporate the archaeological remains identified in the Heritage at Risk (HAR) project and/or to extend the survey in Lea Wood to the north, to Bow Wood (owned by the Woodland Trust).
The project will draw on the volunteer network and skill set developed through the Lea Wood Community Project. It will also allow some of the current investigation to be revisited where necessary utilising the very detailed LIDAR survey (0.5m centres) which is being commissioned through DerwentWISE. Currently the project is using a 2 metre centre LIDAR survey which provides limited information within woodlands, the DerwentWISE survey will enable further more detailed information to be obtained.
Links to other projects
Local community, volunteers and visitors
Benefits for People
- Training and increased skills for participants
- Better access, appreciation and interpretation of the archaeological remains within the woodland
- An increased understanding of the value of the Lower Derwent Valley landscape, and of the need for it to be conserved and restored
- Taking forward the existing Lea Wood Archaeological survey
- Undertaking a similar survey in Bow Wood
- Increased awareness of the potential for the presence of archaeological remains in woodland
- Creation of a management plan for the archaeological remains to sit alongside that of the ecological resource
- Volunteers trained in archaeological skills
- Enhanced HER dataset
Agreed Standards Quality
Brief and specification of works to be agreed with DCC Historic Environment Team.
Professional standards and guidance for archaeological recording and reporting.
Identification of archaeological remains helps to inform integrated management plans for the future conservation of the resource.