by Matt Parkins
A number of Historical Environment Records are being protected at Fingle Woods. Most of us know about the impressive remains at Wooston Iron Age Hillfort but there are hundreds of smaller archaeological features found in the valley. Before the conifer harvesting programme starts this autumn a number of charcoal hearths have been marked out to prevent accidental damage form forestry machinery. These hand dug platforms (4-6m diameter) were used for hundreds of years for the production of charcoal. There are even a few pieces of charcoal left behind from all those years ago!