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Trackway

Trackway

The trackway which was the original route through the Forest and can be seen as a depression between the magnificent old limes and the overgrown remnants of the hawthorn hedge that lined the route. Boundaries were once considered a safe place for the common people to travel as they were a neutral ground between lands under the control of different Lords. A stock-proof hedge would be essential if driving livestock through the Forest.

A metal drink container from the Second World War that was recently found amongst the leaf litter beneath the lime trees is a reminder of the more recent history of Birklands.

For more information see our Research Record