A MAJOR local history project is searching for stories and memories of the South Downs woods.
If you have memories or family stories of this area, Secrets of the High Woods, a community archaelogy project led by the South Downs National Park Authority, would like to hear from you.
Exploring the histories of the people who lived in the area from 6,000 years ago until today, the project aims to map the unknown stories and archaeology hidden beneath more than 300 square kilometres of ancient woodland between Arundel in the east to the A3 in the west.
Sarah Rance-Riley, project manager for Secrets of the High Woods, said: “From family histories of managing, coppicing and working in the timber industry to tales of old railways and tramlines now swallowed by trees or memories of time spent exploring the woods – we need your help to reveal the mysteries hiding in plain view around us.
“Although this project has a strong archaeology component, it is equally important to tap into the precious local knowledge held in communities.
“Your memories are valuable and by sharing them you can help us build up a picture of how woodland life has changed in the South Downs.”
A unique opportunity to help unlock the secrets held beneath the ancient woods, you can find more information about the project and how to share your stories and memories at www.southdowns.gov.uk/discover/heritage/secrets-of-the-high-woods
Follow the South Downs National Park on twitter at @sdnpa, or look up #SecretsHighWoods.
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