Back in time with the Woodland Trust – Londonthorpe WW1 discovery event
On a very hot and sunny Saturday volunteers united to help deliver an event that was organised to commemorate World War 1. Woodland Trust staff and volunteers teamed up with the National Trust and the Grantham Dramatic Society to welcome visitors to Londonthorpe Wood and the neighbouring Belton Estate at the ‘Londonthorpe needs you!’ event.
Visitors at the event got the chance to discover the roles that Londonthorpe and Belton played in the First World War – Belton Park was the site of a military camp, used by the British Army. The camp also included a narrow gauge railway and a hospital.
At the event visitors could have a go at wartime funfair games, take part in an assault course and visit a stall where they could handle and learn about various historical objects from the First World War. The WW1 Canadian forestry corps were also in attendance and demonstrated forestry practises from that period. As well as learning about the historical significance of the site, lots of information was available about the conservation and management of the two sites, as well as plans for the future.
A highlight of the day was a guided walk to Bellmont Tower, led by the Woodland Trust’s very own Mark Brown. Kitted out in historical dress, Mark and his fellow actors from the Grantham Dramatic Society provided a truly interactive walk, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all who went along.
This event was delivered as part of a joint Heritage Lottery Funded project between The Woodland Trust and the National Trust. The project’s focus is to re-connect the surrounding historic landscape providing ease of access for visitors to explore this extensive free green space.
A big thank you to all volunteers involved!
Amanda Brookes – VDO central region
Images – Mark Brown