The Friends of Thynghowe
Who are The Friends of Thynghowe?
Local people from the three Nottinghamshire village history societies in
Clipstone, Edwinstowe and Warsop were introduced to discoveries
made along the route of the 1816 Perambulation of the Lordship
of Warsop. As a result they formed the Friends
of Thynghowe group
the Birklands area and the site of Thynghowe.
The aim of the group is to protect, conserve and enhance the heritage of the area.
We wish to make the historical, cultural and natural heritage of the area accessible, on all levels, to local people and to visitors to the Sherwood area.
The Friends of Thynghowe participated in the Woodland Heritage Champions Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Forestry Commission, South Yorkshire Biodiversity Research Group (SYBRG), and the Woodland Trust. The project outcome was to produce The Woodland Heritage Manual – A Volunteer Guide to Investigating Ancient Semi-natural Woodlands in England.
We were the first group to get involved in the project and have contributed to and helped with the development of the manual from the start. We concentrated on a small area of Birklands for our participation and study.
What do The Friends of Thynghowe aim to achieve?
We plan to continue discovering the ‘real’ history of Sherwood Forest and to restore the links that local people once had with this area of Birklands.
By undertaking an annual celebration boundary perambulation we wish to introduce local people, particularly young people, to the sense of place, and the timeline they are part of.
We are mapping the historic features we discover by undertaking field based surveys.
We are researching the history of the working woodland through the ages.
We arrange training in surveying natural and archaeological features and in archive research.
We wish to produce an oral record of local people’s knowledge and memories to include the modern history of the Birklands/Sherwood Forest area.
By working with the Forestry Commission we hope to influence the management plan for the area of the project, so that the historic features are protected but still accessible to visitors. This will also include sensitive management of archaeological and natural features, and take into consideration rare animal and plant species. We believe that if local people are involved in developing the management plan this will lead to greater understanding and protection of the site.
We aim to produce materials that will increase the understanding and appreciation of this special part of our heritage.
can I help?
Take an interest in our work, tell your family and friends about what we discover and keep the story of Thynghowe alive.
Let us know about any memories or stories about this part of the forest
Join us for our training, surveying and research. Learn new skills and contribute to our work.
Don’t let the past of this remarkable area become forgotten again!
can I join The Friends of Thynghowe?
Contact us for details