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Monday, 5 August 2013

History group hedges its bets to conserve historic trod

A project that will help preserve an important heritage feature in Hambleton is a growing story.

Resident Ian Johnston watering the new hedgelings.
One hundred and twenty hedgelings grown from berries and seeds have been planted in plastic milk cartons and are being nurtured as part of the Kirby Heritage Trod Project.

The local area partnership awarded £300 to the Kirby, Great Broughton and Ingleby Greenhow Local History Group to help with the maintenance and upkeep of the trod, also known as the Pannierman Way, which dates back to the thirteenth or fourteenth centuries.

The trod is a 400m stretch of exposed stone pathway, south from the scout hut at Kirby in Cleveland to a gate just below Kirby Bank.

SCHEDULED MONUMENTS
Last year, it was added to the list of scheduled monuments in England and is the only one on the North York Moors to have this designation. Scheduling of the trod acknowledges the significance of the monument as a fine example of the medieval transport network across the Moors.

“The grant has given us the opportunity to undertake an exciting project that will preserve our unique local heritage and will see old and young alike getting involved,” said the group's treasurer Elizabeth Johnston.

“Phase two of the project will start shortly with the construction of a protective support system for the hedgelings followed by the planting out of the hedglings later on in the year.”

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