Hillfort preservation moves a step closer

4:23pm - 11 August 2021

Proposals to preserve Weston-super-Mare's iron age hillfort have taken a step forward.

We’ve submitted an application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for £250,000 so we can carry out the work we outlined in the Worlebury hillfort conservation management plan

We desperately need this funding to enable us to preserve this nationally-significant scheduled monument and to tell its story as it deserves to be told.

This project is an exciting opportunity to study the finds made during excavations in the 19th century, which would not be achievable without significant funding.

For the first time, these finds will be subjected to specialist archaeological analysis using modern scientific techniques.

This will help develop a better understanding of the hillfort and those who lived in the area in prehistory and beyond. 

This information will then be displayed on new boards at the hillfort so visitors can better understand the site's significance. 

As part of the management plant, we received a felling licence from the Forestry Commission in February to allow us to fell the entirety of the wooded area of the hillfort.

However following feedback from concerned residents we’ve agreed to reduce the number of trees to be felled by almost half.

Most of these will be ash trees, which are all showing signs of ash dieback and are therefore highly likely to die. 

Ash dieback poses a risk to ash trees across the country and as a matter of public safety and to also reduce risk to the archaeological fabric of the hillfort, quick action is needed.

Felling will start in late autumn and continue throughout the winter. 

Once the felling is complete these areas will return over time to the natural limestone grassland that once flourished here.

You can read more about our plans for Worlebury Camp on our website and also how we’re tackling ash dieback.