The MoD has a special fund for encouraging environmental and community works and we were invited to put forward a project for ‘our’ patch. We thought that a couple of seats at interesting sites would be a good idea. It would encourage people to walk over the area and if we erected interpretation panels by the seats, then there would be an education element as well.
The result is the seats in the photographs. One is located by Holcombe Head farm and will have an interpretation panel that deals with the development and people of the largest farm in the valley. It has excellent views down the valley and across to Holcombe Hey and will be a nice place to sit and have a coffee and a bite to eat.
The other is at the bridge over Red Brook facing our current dig site of Bottoms. The panel here will outline the history of the site and what we know so far. Sadly, there are many more questions than answers with Bottoms Mill – or the Engine House. As a result we are budgeting another panel in two years’ time when we will have a much better understanding of the site – we hope!
Above: Seat at Holcombe Head Farm
Below: Seat at the site of "Bottoms"