Before we can start excavations at the Fingle Mill the remains have to be stabilised. The first step in this process is removing the vegetation so the condition can be accessed. On Monday this clearance started, Steve (our archaeology intern) sent us this update from site yesterday evening.
Hello all, it is day two of the Fingle Mill vegetation clearance and the project is off to a flying start. It’s been a real team effort with our Fingle volunteers joined by ACE Archaeology Society and students from the Prince’s Trust. Two days into the project the clearance is making a huge difference to the appearance of the site and long term future of the existing buildings.
By the middle of day 1 walls were already becoming visible, the tracks were free of holly and some heart-in-mouth tree felling (see below) had been successfully executed.
As day 1 came to an end the site was looking much more like a mill complex. The pace didn’t slow on day 2 as we were joined by students from the Prince’s Trust who cleared huge amounts of holly from the leat and tail-race in super-fast time.
So I want to say a massive thank you to everybody who has attended so far, your efforts mean that Fingle Mill will still be around for future generations to enjoy and will help bring about a better understanding of the site and of Fingle Wood as a whole. I am really excited at how quickly this has come together and the already spectacular progress, watch this space for more updates through the week.