Two important consultation meetings for the forthcoming Offa’s Dyke Conservation Management Pan (ODCMP)were held at the Offa’s Dyke Centre on Thursday 12th April. Project consultant André Berry led the discussions, first in the morning for archaeology and heritage management staff representing a stable of organisations from both sides of the border, and in the afternoon for National Trail, Countryside and Public Rights of Way staff.
The Conservation Management Plan is a partnership project comprising the ODA, Cadw and Historic England. With the fieldwork survey now complete André presented one of its main conclusions, which is that:
“Benign neglect is considered by the Offa’s Dyke Conservation Management Plan to constitute the greatest threat to the continued survival of Offa’s Dyke”
The ODCMP presents a wake up call to every individual and organisation with an interest in Offa’s Dyke and over the next few years the ODA will play its part in what will become a multi-faceted project. Dr Paul Belford, Director (CEO) Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust, reports on the meetings on the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory website.
See also André’s presentation to the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory workshop, also held at the Offa’s Dyke Centre on 23rd March.
When you join the Offa’s Dyke Association a part of your membership fee is used to help pay for practical works along the line of the monument and National Trail. The main thrust of our work is conservation and we financially support projects that bring long term conservation benefits to the Dyke but we will also fund works that help walkers and other visitors to access and understand it.
Until now the section of Offa’s Dyke at Pinner’s Hole in Knighton, only two minutes’ walk from the Offa’s Dyke Centre, was missed by most visitors. However, a new signpost paid for by the ODA today points the way to the section of Dyke where in July 1971 Lord John Hunt formally opened the Trail.
More members will enable us to fund more good works such as this. Please consider joining the ODA (membership from £11 per year) or if you are already a member, then thank you and please forward this link to anyone who you think might be interested.
The third meeting of the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory was co-hosted by the ODA at the Offa’s Dyke Centre. The 23rd March event brought together thirty delegates, altogether a new audience to the Centre, including two people who travelled all the way from from the Republic of Ireland.
Eight speakers discussed the heritage conservation, management and interpretation of Offa’s Dyke, Wat’s Dyke and other linear earthworks of the Welsh Marches. For a full account of the day, including the actual presentations, visit the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory website.
We hope that everyone enjoyed the day and found the content stimulating. Note that anyone can join the Collaboratory, at nil cost.
The ODA Book of Offa’s Dyke Path by Frank Noble
1981 revised version published by the Offa’s Dyke Association 81pp
First published in 1969 this book is in its original mint condition, as though just received from the printers. Written by archaeologist and school teacher Frank Noble, founder of the Offa’s Dyke Association, it is a time piece giving an insight into a landscape and era long since gone. £10 including postage.
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Dave McGlade, Chairman