Spa Ponds Heritage Project: Celebrating 700 years of history

Project overview

Lorraine and Rose stood in front of a project display board.
Laine and Rose letting folk know about the project at the Forest Town Craft Market in November 2016. Photo by Dennis Platts released under CC BY-NC

Spa Ponds Nature Reserve is owned and managed by the Forest Town Nature Conservation Group (FTNCG), and is open to the public at all times.

This year-long project focusing on the heritage of Spa Ponds (also known as ‘Gara Ponds’) is taking place 700 years after the creation of the medieval fish ponds.

The Heritage Management Plan produced as part of this project will guide FTNCG’s management Spa Ponds, complementing our existing Ecology Management Plan.

Map of Spa Ponds Nature Reservation
Map of Spa Ponds Nature Reserve (present day)

The project will provide participants with training and guidance from historians and community archaeologists, including MBArchaeology.

To better appreciate Spa Ponds’ heritage value, participants will develop an understanding of the basics of archaeological and historical research and landscape fieldwork, and will explore written records in archives, libraries and museums.

We will also gather memories, photographs and artefacts of the site, including through the project’s Oral Histories element.

The Forest Town Nature Conservation Group received a Heritage Lottery Fund Sharing Heritage grant of £8,500 to help us pay for this project

Matt Beresford introducing the project to FTNCG members
Matt Beresford of MBArchaeology talking to FTNCG members in November 2016. Photo taken by Shlomo Dowen and released under the CC BY-NC 3.0 license.

Experts will provide mentoring support and deliver about a dozen workshops and training sessions in 2017 covering:

  • Trees and Natural Heritage (May/June)
  • Landscape Surveying (June)
  • Day School exploring the Mediaeval Landscape of Sherwood (7 July)
  • How to Present Findings (September)

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News and updates

Account of 11th March 2017 LiDAR Workshop

Phil's account of the LiDAR Workshop held on Saturday 11th March 2017. Read More »

Account of 25th February 2017 Research Skills Workshop

Shlomo's account of the Saturday 25th February 2017 Research Skills Training Workshop for the Spa Ponds Heritage Project. Read More »

Account of 14th January 2017 Introductory Workshop

Josh's account of the Saturday 14th January 2017 Introductory Workshop for the Spa Ponds Heritage Project. Read More »

Spa Ponds Heritage Project Announcement

The Forest Town Nature Conservation Group (FTNCG) has been successful in attracting Heritage Lottery Fund money to help pay for the Spa Ponds Heritage Project. Read More »
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