PRESS RELEASE: Call goes out for help on the hillfort

Volunteers will be bracing the winter weather to help out with landscape maintenance at Old Oswestry hillfort in a new ini a ve.
And more people are welcome to get involved on January 30 and 31 when the taskforce tackle their rst session of vegeta on clearance on the ramparts.
The volunteer e ort is being coordinated by the HOOOH Community Group in close collabora on with English Heritage, guardians of the 3,000-year-old scheduled monument.
Work is being supervised by English Heritage together with its ecology consultant. A local landscape contractor is undertaking heavier and more specialised clearance.
“We will be tackling some of the overgrowth in and around the ponds in the pits on the western side,” said Neil Phillips of HOOOH. “Work will involve light duty cu ng and pruning.”
In addi on to scrub clearance, the on-going programme will include xed-point photography and environmental ini a ves to aid the hillfort’s preserva on.
The scheme is one of just a few in England involving local volunteers in landscape maintenance combined with environmental and wildlife ini a ves at an English Heritage site.
Anyone who would like to get involved or nd out more can contact Mr Phillips on 07751 160576.

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