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Scrub clearance will protect historic fort
5:40pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
SCRUB clearance work is being planned to protect and better showcase a historic Iron Age hillfort on the Malvern Hills.
This winter, Malvern Hills Conservators and English Heritage will be working together to remove scrub and trees from parts of Midsummer Hill towards the southern end of the 13km range.
Although the work is in line with archaeology management plans for the hill, Jonathan Bills, conservation officer at Malvern Hills Conservators, said scrub clearance at the site has provoked a “mixed reaction” in the past.
Because of that, he is planning to host a guided walk on Wednesday (16) to explain more about the hill and the reasons for undertaking scrub clearance.
“The Iron Age hillfort at Midsummer Hill is of national importance for both its archaeological features and the grassland flora that cover parts of it,” he said.
“But it is hard to gauge just how big and interesting a site it is given the bramble and tree cover that obscure much of the hillfort – compare it to British Camp for example which is much easier to interpret and enjoy.
“These works will focus on four locations that, once clear, will show off features including ramparts, entrances and ditches.
“They will also protect underlying archaeology from root damage.”
The walk will start from Hollybush car park at 2pm and anyone who would like to book a place or more information should call Mr Bills on 01684 892002.
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