NT volunteer task at Moorhouse Woods

Lords and Ladies

Had my first experience managing volunteers today at Moorhouse Woods during a weekend volunteer task with the National Trust. This involved the clearance of Bell Pits in the woods dating back to the 12th century, which are actually designated as Scheduled Ancient Monuments (which means they are noted for their national importance).

Bell pits are shallow excavations which were used for mining coal by digging down from the surface and then outwards into the coal seam (in the shape of a bell).

The idea of clearing them was to make them more apparent whilst walking through the woods and the hope is to erect some interpretation boards in the future so the public can learn about them (as they weren’t even noticed previously!).

Also identified two more wild flowers today, Lords and Ladies (Arum maculatum) – with only it’s arrow shaped leaves showing at the moment, and Wood Sorrel (Oxalis acetosella) the leaves of which are edible and can be used to add flavour to salads and sauces.

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