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Harrowden Turf dresses Iron Age roundhouse with sedum roof

Harrowden Turf has been working with Stanwick Lakes and the Rockingham Forest Trust in Northamptonshire to recreate an Iron Age Roundhouse complete with sedum roof.

Stanwick Lakes has received a range of funding, including from The Heritage Lottery, to support a number of projects exploring the history of the site and the surrounding valley. The roundhouses here been part of the site in various forms since 2018 and are situated by the edge of Celtic Lake, facing the site of the Iron Age settlement uncovered in the 1980’s.

The plan is to transform this area into a typical prehistoric farm settlement forming the focal point for “Living History” experiences for schools and visitors.

Of the project Nadia Norman, Heritage Coordinator at Stanwick Lakes says:  “This exciting project has really focused on the legacy of the settlement area and what visitors experience when they are here – whether that is learning about heritage and history through educational school visits or enjoying the space with family and friends. We have already had a number of school visits and the roundhouses are extremely popular, a great location to truly take learning out of the classroom. The whole project has been a great opportunity for us to add our own chapter to the story of Stanwick Lakes and understand how ancient settlers would have lived within the valley. We want to make sure that the settlement continues to be a focal point for heritage experiences for many years to come.”

Harrowden and Turfonline are helping to build a second larger, roundhouse. This will be designed with a ditch and a bund boundary, hurdle fencing and a small garden. The aim is to provide a glimpse into the past of Stanwick Lakes and to create a focus for community heritage activities.

The new roundhouse has a sedum roof. Each one of the sedum mats uses up to 17 different types of sedum which have been nurtured in our nursery for up to 12 months. Each plant species is chosen for its disease resistance, drought tolerance, and long flowering period

“The site has historical significance and dates to prehistoric times. We hope our sedum will help all those who visit to get a real insight into how the site would have functioned and how life would have been in an Iron Age settlement,” says Lee Andrew, Harrowden Operations Manager.

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