Therefore, the Centre offers activities such as residential stays, day visits, training courses, workshops and special events for many groups such as schools, community groups, the general public and businesses.
The primary aim is to create an Iron Age Village at the Hill End Centre, using a combination of traditional and more recent materials. The Iron Age village will consist of several Roundhouses constructed using local, natural materials. It is here that the partnership begins…
The Lower Windrush Valley Project's Thursday volunteer team has recently been scything sections of the reedbed at Standlake Common Nature Reserve, situated on the Windrush Path between Standlake and Newbridge.
Scything took place on March 20th 2014 with the aim of establishing blocks of reed of different ages. If a reedbed is unmanaged it will eventually dry out and turn into willow scrub. Opening up the reedbed also permits ingress by water fowl and aquatic species and increases the diversity of invertebrates living in the individual reed plants. The volunteers also created prime grass snake habitat by piling partially rotted reeds from last season’s scything into elongated mounds at the reed margins.
However, the majority of cut reeds were piled into large stacks and donated to the Hill End Centre for use as roofing material in the Iron Age Village.
The Hill End Centre team wasted no time and began work on the first roundhouse immediately. Using a combination of tightly woven willow and hazel branches, lashed together and nailed into place; the main structure of the soon-to-be roundhouse took shape.
|‘Naked’ Roundhouse awaiting reeds for roof|
|Bundled Yelms – soon to form a waterproof roof for the Roundhouse|
|Yelms being added to roof|
|Partially roofed roundhouse|
Finally, we want to thank David Millin and everyone else at the Hill End Centre for permitting us to photograph their brilliant Roundhouse! It’s going to look fantastic!