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Stagbury Hill Restoration Work 2017

Stagbury Hill Restoration Work 2017


Stagbury hill, provides an impressive viewpoint on Furzley Common. Read more about the National Trust’s plan to protect this important monument.

Stagbury Hill is protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM) due to the complex of ancient Bronze Age burial mounds dating back to around 1500BC, mixed with ancient trackways, medieval rabbit warrens and a more modern Ordnance Survey trig point. Currently this feature is on Historic England’s ‘Heritage at risk’ (HAR) register due to worsening erosion– something that, as a heritage organisation, we want to rectify sympathetically.

The monument is receiving an increasing amount of erosion due to high number of unplanned access routes. We are working up a plan with Historic England, Natural England and the National Park Authority to help protect this piece of nationally important archaeology for the future, whilst maintaining access to it for all.
We plan to install short sections of post and rail fencing to direct users towards preferable more robust access routes. At the same time we will be filling deeply eroded scars with locally sourced brash (birch, gorse and heather), to encourage vegetation growth and soil stabilisation.

Interpretation boards will be added to the fencing to further explain the history of the site, the importance of the SAM and the restoration work plan. This work will be monitored regularly to assess its success, with a view to installing similar interventions on Stagbury’s other eroding bronze age barrows.

NFNPA acquired Lidar imagery (above), reveals the undulating ground on Furzley Common. The round barrow sites and linear track/path features are easily visible. ©Forest Research, based on Natural England and ARC Trust data.

We will not be restricting access, rather suggesting preferred routes which helps preserve the monument. Livestock access and grazing will be unaffected. We have gained approval from the Verderer’s office for these works.

Erosion scar (above) on one of the more visible barrows. An example of what will be infilled with brash and fenced off is appropriate.

Join us for a FREE event to learn more…
Stagbury Hill Community Day
29 July 2017, 9am – 12pm.

A turn-up morning event for anyone interested in Stagbury Hill and the upcoming work to help protect this ancient historical feature. Discover more about the area’s history and archaeology.

Meet rangers from the National Trust and the National Park Authority to ask questions and discuss the restoration work.

Free tea and coffee!

Where to meet:
On foot – meet at Stagbury Hill, Furzely Common (SO43 7JJ).
By car – meet at Half Moon Car Park with land rover shuttle bus to site (SO51 6AQ).

For more information call 01425650035 or email

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