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Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project celebrates 12 month extension

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 13, 2013

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NEW projects aimed at uncovering the history of the Caradon Hill area and preserving its heritage will go ahead following a 12-month extension to the Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project (CHAHP).

The group said it was delighted at the news and has a host of new projects planned for the year ahead.

"Because we have got this extension we have new projects which we will be able to do. We are all delighted about the whole thing," said Iain Rowe, project officer at CHAHP.

Since it started three years ago it has carried out a range of projects including stabilising works to mines, installing new bridges and footpaths as well as offering educational programmes to both adults and children.

"One of the highlights is that we have been able to take school groups onto the moor and teach them about the area. This has worked really well," Mr Rowe said.

The group is now looking at starting new projects such as carrying out archaeological work at Castle Park in Liskeard.

"We are looking at doing a community archaeology geophysical survey of Castle Park to try and determine what, if anything, remains underground of the castle. This will be a hands-on training event, where local schools and residents will be encouraged to have a go," Mr Rowe said.

He added: "This project will also include some interpretation work on the Bull Stone, and the design of a family-friendly trail using the trees and granite markers in the park."

Other potential projects include stabilising the Hodge's Limekiln at Moorswater, near Liskeard, and exploring the link between the Hurlers' stone circle complex, at Minions, to the wider environment and the sun and stars.

Mr Rowe said: "This astro-archaeological project will hopefully be one of the first of its kind in the county, and will include activities for local schools and residents to get involved in including flint knapping and building your own stone circle."

Yesterday the group held a public consultation in Liskeard to gauge the public's opinion on the new plans and to gather feedback on previous projects.

"We want to know what people like and don't like and get more people involved in future projects," Mr Rowe said.

The group currently has 42 projects on the go and the team hope to leave a strong legacy when it comes to an end next year.

Mr Rowe said: "We will look at building a life for the work being done beyond the project itself. That is something we will be able to do this year."

The original bid for Heritage status was made in conjunction with Caradon District Council. When the unitary authority took over in 2009, the group had to resubmit its application.

Mr Rowe explained: "This delayed us for 12 months and although we were told we would get the extension we had no guarantees. We now have a four-year project instead of a three-year project."

Derris Watson, chairman of CHAHP's Project Partnership Group and Cornwall councillor for St Cleer, said: "I am very pleased that we have been able to secure an extension to the project.

"As well as ensuring that all the physical works can be completed, it means extra time to develop the 15 local groups currently working with the project and make them better equipped to carry the work forward."

The CHAHP is a Heritage Lottery Fund Living Landscape Partnership Project and has received funding from Cornwall Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund's Landscape Partnership programme, Defra, The Rural Development Programme for England's Tourism and Rural Access in Cornwall programme, and from other local funding partners.

It covers around 25 square miles, from Liskeard in the south to Golitha Falls and Siblyback Lake in the west, Sharp Tor and Bearah Tor in the north and Rilla Mill and Bicton Woods near Pensilva in the east. This area includes parts of the Bodmin Moor Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and one of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Sites.

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