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HLF support

The generous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has enabled us to do so much important work at Credenhill.

One of the first things you will notice is our larger and resurfaced car park, where we now have two new boards along with three others on-site to give you lots of useful information about the wood. From the new car park you can explore the wood using nearly 3km of improved and surfaced paths. 

Pick up our new compact map to help you discover the woods; don’t forget we have a version in Braille available. If you are looking for an action-packed family visit, download our activity sheets, which we created through the HLF education programme. Rest assured the schools activities are linked to the National Curriculum so teachers and parents can be confident that children are learning at the same time as having fun.

One of our long-running HLF projects brought together dedicated volunteers on a series of archaeological investigations which  unearthed the story of Roman occupation in the first century AD and discovered the way ramparts were constructed. You can find out more from the display of archaeological finds in Weobley Museum. For visitors looking for a challenging walk, follow the rampart walkway that now has steps, boardwalks, hand rails and signage, thanks to HLF.

Look out for our mini sculpture of the hillfort, along with sculptures designed by Hereford Blind College, which are also dotted around the woodland – again, all thanks to HLF support. 

Major restoration work has also taken place recently. Over 20 hectares (50 acres) of planted ancient woodland have been secured by the removal of conifers. Small-leaved limes (rare trees indicating ancient woodland) and ancient woodland flora including orchids have been given the chance of light and a healthy future from the shade cast by the spruce.  

HLF has also helped us deliver a  tree-removal programme that prevented further damage to the sensitive Iron Age hill fort from uprooting trees. By covering the hill fort in grass, we can help preserve this important feature. What’s more, visiting highland cows will keep the grass short!

The wider project has really helped us promote the wood and build strong links with the community. A major benefit of connecting people to the wood has been the development of the Community Group; a band of volunteers from all walks of life who enhance and care for the wood. We also currently have geocachers using the wood and hope to see our first Nordic walking group here very soon. We will consider any requests from groups who want to use the site for activities, so please get in touch.

Finally, we were also able to run a celebration event to tell people about all the fantastic work that has happened here. It was great to see people come along who had never visited the wood before.

Thank you HLF!