Plans to uncover Iron Age hillfort

Plans to uncover the nationally-significant Iron Age hillfort overlooking Weston-super-Mare are moving forward.

Worlebury Camp has been hidden by trees for 200 years and this vegetation is causing damage to the Scheduled Monument, which is now on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register.

Last year the council adopted a Conservation Management Plan to preserve the nationally-important heritage asset.

The main objectives are to remove the trees and vegetation causing damage to the archaeological features and to include new interpretation and signs to raise awareness and understanding of the monument.

The council is now applying to the Forestry Commission for a felling licence to remove about six hectares of woodland in the hillfort area and carry out thinning of the northern cliff by 30 per cent.

This totals about five per cent of the total woodland within Weston Woods.

Removing non-native vegetation will restore the site to its natural limestone grassland state.

This will benefit the biodiversity of the area and also recreating the views that would have been seen in the Iron Age, across to Brean Down, Sand Point and the Bristol Channel.

Find out more about the site at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/hillfort

Comment on the felling proposals by emailing dm.archaeology@n-somerset.gov.uk by the end of February.