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Young Rangers

Our Wildlife Volunteer Coordinator, has started a Rainworth Heath Young Rangers group. Young Rangers is a scheme run by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust aimed at 13-18-year olds.

The group held their first meeting on Saturday 15th February. Unfortunately, this was badly affected by Storm Dennis, but we held a very productive meeting at Rainworth Village Hall. Currently there are eight members of the Rainworth Young Rangers.

Despite Covid-19 our Wildlife Volunteer Coordinator is working hard to engage the group in dynamic and exciting ways virtually! Once restrictions on social distancing and volunteering have been lifted we will work to recruit more young people to join the group.

Explosive work at Budby!

A Bare ground project on Budby Common finished its second phase of works in March 2020. The project is delivering much needed heathland restoration works to the national nature reserve by installing new cattle fencing. The creation of bare ground is done by scraping away the top level of soil to reveal the Sherwood Sandstone beneath. The work did have a slightly slower start than originally anticipated due to the discovery of an Anti-Tank missile at the end of last year’s work! This meant that the way work was carried out had to be reviewed and to ensure safety the Unexploded Ordnance Specialists had to be on site!

During this phase of works around 10,000 m2 of bare ground habitat was created along existing pathways and out in the open heath. The newly exposed sandy earth is a crucial component of maintaining healthy heathland as well as providing homes for many of the specialist invertebrates that Budby is designated a SSSI for.

Community Grants Scheme

In January 2020 Miner2Major launched the first community grant scheme. The scheme was run by Nottinghamshire Community Foundation who are an independent charity that help organisations provide community grants to Nottinghamshire.

The scheme closed for applications on the 30th of March. A virtual panel meeting was held on the 21st April and we are pleased to announce that we are awarding the following groups grants:

·        Edwinstowe Parish Council, to support their Book Festival on tour initiative helping people explore heritage and culture, £1,000

·        Mine2Minds Education, to support a project that will explore the historical and social significance of mining banners, providing education sessions and dementia support workshops, £1,000

·        Sherwood Forest Trust, to support the Major Oak Woodland Festival, £1,000

·        Social Action Hub, to support a week-long summer play activity promoting nature and Sherwood Forest, £1,000

·        St Mary’s Church, Edwinstowe, to support the creation of Robin Hood characters and Piers Plowman characters to be displayed in the Churchyard and used at events, £502

Due to the ongoing issue with Covid-19 Miner2Major will work closely with the groups to ensure that they are able to complete their projects.

The Veiled Landscape

Our Heritage Engagement officer has been planning the delivery of the Veiled Landscape project and the proposed delivery has been altered to enable greater confidence when commissioning new LiDAR related work. The Miner2Major team and the Nottinghamshire County Archaeology team have commissioned a desk-based research report that will explore the existing LiDAR within the Miner2Major area.

This report will establish the amount of LiDAR in the area, the resolution of that LiDAR and where ground-truthing has taken place. This will help work out where the gaps in knowledge are and help direct further phases of work. The report will form the basis of stakeholder consultation to ensure that new LiDAR related work is of benefit both to archaeology as well as land managers.

Learning and Engagement Update

Inspire delivered 13 Miner2Major courses during their spring term (January to March) attracting 100 participants. Courses included map reading, family history, creative writing, painting Sherwood Forest landscapes and bird-box making.

The feedback we have received ranges from “I created a masterpiece” to “this [course] was better than medicine”.

Unfortunately, the courses planned for the Summer term have had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 situation. However, the Inspire team are working closely with the Miner2Major team to explore the possibility of delivering courses online.

Planning will continue to take place for the Autumn term, but delivery will be subject to the government guidelines that are in place at that time.