Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service (WAAS) has been successful in its bid for £95,830 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to deliver Roots in Time.
Roots in Time is a programme of archaeological outreach and educational activities, including a community excavation on the new public open space at Norton, near Evesham, that the County Council is creating.
The woodland, wildflower meadows and wetland have been designed to provide multiple environmental benefits, and have been planned around the archaeology.
Crop marks and geophysical survey show a ritual landscape centred around a Neolithic cursus monument, alongside Iron Age/ Romano-British settlement adjacent to the medieval and modern village of Norton.
The project is a valuable opportunity for local communities to come together, learn new skills and shape their surroundings whilst exploring 5,000 years of continuous landscape use.
Councillor Matt Dormer, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities said: "Learning how places in Worcestershire used to be and building up a picture of what it was like there is something that our archaeology team makes accessible to everybody and this programme is a great example of that. I look forward to finding out what the teams discover.”
Councillor Tony Miller, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for the Environment said: ”When we began creating the new woodlands in Worcestershire, we wanted our local communities to get involved with them and to take something away from the creation of our green spaces. We have many sites in Worcestershire with fantastic origins and discoveries, and I’m looking forward to hearing about this project while the woodland continues to take shape.”
Long term, the project will enhance the visitor experience through permanent interpretation sharing the heritage alongside the environmental benefits of the scheme.