Scrub bashing is good for you

Wellbeing Programme Martin Down Volunteers enjoying the fire Tim Kaye 141114People with mental health difficulties are benefiting from conservation work at Martin Down, near Salisbury, thanks to Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Wellbeing programme, funded by Wiltshire Council Public Health. Martin Down is a nationally important nature reserve, looked after by Natural England which invited the group to help cut and burn scrub – a vital part of the on-going management of the reserve, to preserve the chalk grassland that supports a myriad of bird and butterfly species. Full story: Read more

Old Sarum archaeologists reveal plan of medieval city

Old SarumA detailed plan of a medieval city has been produced by experts without any digging at the site. The latest scanning techniques were used to uncover a network of buildings at the 11th Century Old Sarum near Salisbury in Wiltshire. The results include a series of large structures, possibly defences, with open areas of ground behind possibly for mustering resources or people. Old Sarum was the original site of Salisbury, which is two miles away. Full story: Read more