Coleorton Parish

Coleorton Parish in Leicestershire includes the villages of Coleorton, Coleorton Moor, Church Town
and Farm Town as well as parts of Peggs Green, Griffydam and Lount

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Heritage Wardens

Heritage Report for August 2017

Full report in the monthly listings on the right.

Volunteer Group

Coleorton Wood

The group have cleared a large area of Ragwort, which has not previously been an issue. We have also cleared the area around the pond, although at one stage the pond completely dried out. We have completed a lot of strimming and raking off throughout the site, which includes clearing some of the paths which were overgrown. We have also transferred chippings from New Lount to Coleorton Wood to fill in under the picnic tables.

About Coleorton Wood >>

New Lount Reserve

We have also had to remove and burn-off a large quantity of Ragwort which had spread throughout the site. The remainder of the time has been spent strimming and raking-off areas around the site.

About New Lount Nature Reserve >>

The Workshop

The Workshop Group has completed the last, outstanding wooden mushrooms. We have also manufactured five rest benches, which will be utilised by LCC at Snibston Country Park.

More about the Volunteer Group >>

War Memorial Cleaning/Restoration

I have now submitted a "pre-application" to the War Memorials Trust on the basis that the Parish Council will accept the Barham Stone Ltd?s quotation for this work. Due to the large number of applications to the WMT we will need to wait until late September, early October, before our application is processed. We are looking for the project to be carried out in two phases:-

Phase 1 will be to have the war memorial cleaned and the lettering inspected to assess what recutting is required - Cost 800 + VAT

Phase 2 would be to get the necessary letters re-cut - The maximum Cost for this is 1,520 + VAT

Replanting the Post Office Field at Coleorton Wood

Angus Hancock has submitted a report to the Parish Council in the form of a letter. As a result I am investigating the costs involved with training for removing wind thrown trees with chainsaws.

Cost per trainee would be 295 + VAT for the training (2 day course)
Assessment is 105 + 32 registration - there is no VAT on these charges.
Total per trainee = 432. (Plus VAT on training).

The major problem with such training is finding the opportunity to train with wind thrown trees - you need to have such a situation to do both the training and assessment. Park Hill Training would be prepared to carry out this training at Coleorton Wood.

Viscount Beaumont School

We have had a number of emails from Louise Drummond who will be running the sessions with the school children at Coleorton Wood and I believe this will start in the new term from September.

(John Macdonald August 2017)

Coleorton Parish have two Heritage Wardens -
John MacDonald and Rob Oldham.

John Macdonald has recently retired from running his own consultancy business, where he was involved in the food manufacturing industry. John and his family have lived in Coleorton for nearly 20 years. John is involved with various projects with the Swannington Heritage Trust and is working with the Council on the management plans for Coleorton Wood. A keen genealogist, John likes to research into the history and heritage of family members to understand “what life was like when they were alive”. John is a member of the RSPB and has always had a keen interest in natural history and the countryside. email John MacDonald

Rob Oldham is a retired academic, previously based at De Montfort University in Leicester, where he worked in ecology, especially in respect of amphibians. He continues to study amphibians in Coleorton, especially the common toad and the crested newt. He served as secretary of the Coleorton Millennium Committee and was involved with the development of the Coleorton Heritage Trail. email Rob Oldham.

The Heritage Wardens work closely with The Coleorton Heritage Group and The Coleorton & New Lount Volunteer Group.


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See also reports from the Volunteer Group and Heritage Group

(These reports are in pdf format)

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Coleorton Heritage Group

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