On getting your hands dirty

It’s nice, once in a while, to get your hands dirty in the pursuit of the Trust’s conservation aims. This is what I was thinking last month when I met the Gaywood Valley Conservation Group (GVCG) at Middleton Mount for their annual visit. As always I was amazed out how many people come along to these conservation sessions – over twenty this time – and how much gets done in three hours.

Although hedge and tree pruning had been completed by a contractor in February, there was plenty of work for the group to do, repairing and levelling the steps, clearing the pond of encroaching grass, and general tidying up the site. By lunch time the motte looked as though it had received a good wash and brush-up.

This put me in mind of how many volunteers are involved in the Trust’s work these days. As well as a growing body of volunteers who help the Trust directly, by such activities as wardening, and leading guided tours and school visits, we also work regularly with external groups such as the GVCG and their sister organisation the Bure Valley Conservation Group; The Conservation Volunteers; and the Green Gym. We also benefit from fruitful partnerships, with The Friends of St Benet’s Abbey and the Caistor Roman Project. This adds up to a fantastic support network of people who are helping the Trust take forward its conservation aims.

But it’s not all one way. Volunteers often report back how much they have enjoyed spending time at our sites, doing something useful, finding out more about their history, and exploring the flora and fauna. That balance of mutual benefit is a wonderful thing.

Do get in touch if you would like to help out at one of our sites…

News in brief

Imagined Land upcoming events:

  • Saturday 22nd April, 2 - 5 pm Archaeology Briefing Tasburgh village hall. For anyone who would like to get involved in the test pits on the May Bank holiday weekends. Come and hear from Giles Emery and the Caistor Roman Project volunteers who will be supporting the process. ALL ARE WELCOME
  • Saturday 10th June, 10.00 - 4.00pm Tasburgh Sharing Day Tasburgh village hall. Talks and discussions on the geophysical survey, the finds from the test pits, the research group's work and some first try-outs for the creative work too. ALL ARE WELCOME

Keep in touch:

Simon Floyd imaginedland1@gmail.com Tel: 07896 781574 



  • Saturday 8 April, 2.30 pm NAHRG AGM and lecture: Mapping Margery Kempe’s Lynn. Susan Maddock (Honorary Research Fellow, School of History, UEA; retired NRO Principal Archivist) University of East Anglia (Room Arts 01.02) NAHRG non-members are welcome to try one or two lectures free of charge before joining. More inf at www.nahrg.org.uk/lecture.php
  • 29th April – 1st May ‘Flintspiration’ A Medieval Weekend hosted by the Norwich Historic Churches Trust and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. More details at http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/?u=922dc72e157ba96d024ea9c76&id=3a73c077a4&e=7c839b9343
  • Saturday 22 July 2017 Roman East Anglia One-Day Conference NAHRG Summer Conference in association with the Centre of East Anglian Studies Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre, University of East Anglia. For more information and booking form: click here