A prehistoric linear boundary

I’ve spent the day about half a kilometre north east of High Bride Stones in the parish of Lockton in the southern half of the North York Moors. Bride Stones is a National Trust property of heather moorland lacerated by deep wooded valleys or griffs. Along the north east boundary is a prehistoric earthwork, a ditch and flanking banks, about a kilometre long and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Considerable time and effort went into the building of the dyke which is thought to be a way of demonstrating  a Bronze Age tribe’s territory. A status symbol.

Over the years self sown trees and scrub from the adjacent Forestry Commission plantation have encroached over the earthworks which Historic England has said must be cleared to a distance of five metres either side. So that was the volunteering task for today,  felling trees, cutting up into manageable lengths and stacking to provide wildlife habitats. With a kilometre of the earthworks to clear this is a long term task which has now finished for the winter in order to minimise disturbance for the coming bird nesting season.

Earthworks are not necessarily photogenic so my photo for today includes a piece of ad hoc public art.

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