Archaeology, Rural Landscapes and Farming
Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service support proactive management and conservation of the rural historic environment and can offer advice and support to landowners, farmers and foresters wishing to:
- Better understand and interpret archaeological and historic features - from archaeological earthworks preserved under grassland, to below-ground archaeological remains, designed landscapes, historic boundaries and hedgerows and traditional farm buildings – as part of their wider environment, including the intangible links be-tween the historic environment, built environment, geology, biodiversity and flooding.
- Better manage and conserve archaeological and historic features, in-particular through the mechanism of Countryside Stewardship.
Countryside Stewardship is a Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) grant scheme which provides incentives for farmers, woodland owners, foresters and other land managers to look after the environment. The main priority for Countryside Stewardship is to protect and enhance the natural environment, in particular the diversity of wildlife (biodiversity) and water quality. Other outcomes include: flood management, the historic environment, landscape character, genetic conservation and educational access. The scheme will be jointly run by Natural England, Forestry Commission England and the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) on behalf of Defra. All supporting scheme guidance material can be found on the GOV.UK website.
For further advice and support in understanding, interpreting and managing the historic environment on your land please contact the Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service.