Novers Forest Garden Round House

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Novers Forest Garden Round House

Novers Forest Garden Round House

Titterstone Clee Heritage Trust By Titterstone Clee Heritage Trust

To complete a 10m diameter round house as the central focus for a unique educational facility for community and for local and more distant schools and educational organisations".

Knowle Delivery stage

£3,492
pledged of £12,769

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

The 30 acre Novers Limeworks is a regenerated ancient woodland that contains a varied topography and land cover which provides a proven venue for a range of educational activities. Overall the woodland is managed as a maximum biodiversity wild-wood with part restored into a coppice cycle. Within it is being developed a one acre permaculture forest garden. This will be designed to provide foraging opportunities for as wide a range of native wild food plants as possible. Overall the woodland will be managed as a sustainable woodland which when fully developed will enable visitors to explore how people have lived within the landscape for the last 10,000 years, first as hunter-gatherers, then farmers and more recently as industrialists. To date a Mesolithic encampment has been built and used for field courses. The IA style round-house will be the focus for an early agriculturalist zone. The wall structure is in place, built by volunteers, the roof structure requires some professional aid.

What we'll deliver:

  • We will improve access to parts of the woodland with the creation of surfaced pathways
  • Complete a replica Iron Age round-house started by volunteers as part of an early agriculture zone
  • Build a disabled friendly compost toilet building
  • Reduce bramble and bracken areas
  • Enhance planting with fruiting native trees to encourage wildlife and allow forage gathering
  • Install bird and bat boxes
  • Design and deliver a community participation programme

Why it's a great idea:

The Novers Limeworks forest is a secret and magical green space and nationally important industrial archaeological site, designated SAM, that was saved from clear felling by a local charitable trust TCHT in 2010. Over the last years a car park has been built, old trackways restored and the woodland brought slowly back into management, as a sustainable forest by a small band of dedicated volunteers. Over the last two years community and educational use has been developed which has included wildlife and archaeological studies, the development of a sustainable charcoal coppice and camp and in 2014 the building of a Mesolithic hunter gatherer camp site, in which groups of young people have been able to experience how people lived in the distant past. The large 10m diameter round-house was planned and commenced to provide an all weather teaching space within the woodland. Help is needed to complete the build which when finished will provide a central focus for the whole of the 30 acre site

Steps to get it done:

  • Existing pathways will be improved and made all weather, contractor and volunteers
  • The part built round house will be completed as an all weather teaching site.
  • The permaculture forest garden in proximity to the round house will be planted
  • Once complete a series of woodland events will be delivered

The Novers Limeworks Forest project offers a unique vision of how a past industrial site, a scheduled ancient monument of national importance, can become a self sustaining community valued green space and educational resource. Providing interpretation and practical experience of the heritage of the site within its landscape context. Providing a productive and sustainable forest with increased biodiversity and public access.

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Knowle has £355,000 in potential grant funding

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Shropshire Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £12,769

Thatching - £5,000 (39%)
carpenter erection of roof structure - £3,500 (27%)
wattle & daub walling - £1,500 (12%)
30 20cm diam x 3m oak posts - £800 (6%)
30 10cm x 9m roof rafters - £750 (6%)
30 20cm diam x 1m ash logs, wall plates - £300 (2%)
Other - £919 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

39%
Thatching
£5,000
27%
carpenter erection of roof structure
£3,500
12%
wattle & daub walling
£1,500
6%
30 20cm diam x 3m oak posts
£800
6%
30 10cm x 9m roof rafters
£750
2%
30 20cm diam x 1m ash logs, wall plates
£300
7%
Other
£919
  • Spacehive fees
    £425
  • Transaction Fees
    £409
  • VAT
    £85

Total £12,769

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