Course Code: 4XPP08C19
Start Date: 30/04/2020Day of the Week:
Length in weeks: 8
Time: 10.00am - 12.00noon
NB This is NOT the original plant identification course although plants will appear in one or two of the sessions.
With so many of us re-discovering the landscapes in the immediate vicinity of our homes, this course will explore the evidences of the past we might encounter either on our 1 hour ‘exercise walks’, or that we might spot via an on-line exploration of maps and images. Topics will include both heritage features (predominantly humps and bumps!) and also aspects of woodland and flora where relevant to exploration of past landscapes. Aspects to be explored include: Finding out what is there; Routes and trackways, bridleways and footpaths ; Woodlands and hedges; Relict fields and settlements; Moats and gardens; Ponds and water features; Floral reminders; What’s in a Name?; Writing the rural past:
Each week will start with examples local to the tutor (carefully chosen within the allowable daily walk) leading to map and image based examples from slightly further afield and general discussion. It is hoped that students will also be able to contribute examples either from exploration on-line or from past rambles or where possible, present walks. The aim is to include a mix of identification of common heritage features , the role of flora as indicators of the past, discussion of impact of modern regulations, and changing attitudes to landscape; etc etc and to take enjoyment from the continuity from past, present and future. We will also explore the ways in which you can access information about the local heritage and environment on-line including accessing Defra MAGIC, and OS historic mapping etc