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Secrets of the Lickeys

Posted on May 21 2012 at 11:14:51

The quarry in action

Visitors to the Lickey Hills will have the chance to find out more about the land beneath their feet with a special event on Sunday June 17.

The Lickey Hills Champions Open Day, to be held in and around the Lickey Hills Visitor Centre between 11am and 3pm, offers an opportunity to discover the important geological and archaeological history of our very own hills, which rose out of the surrounding landscape and folded into amazing shapes.

Join a guided walk along the Lickey Champions Trail (starting at 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm) and take part in a family quiz as you follow the trail – and find out more about the geology of the area in the Visitor Centre School Room with displays, children’s activities and much more.

All walks and activities are free of charge, and no booking is necessary – just go along and join in the fun!

Among other things, the Open Day will inform visitors about the fascinating history of the quarry on Barnt Green Road, from the formation of the rocks and their subsequent distortion into the shapes we see today, through to quarrying in the 19th century, use of the quarries during World War Two, and finally the work carried out as part of the Champions project.

The Lickey Hills Champions are a dedicated group of volunteers established by the Earth Heritage Trust in 2008 to help conserve, monitor and promote the geology, archaeology and ecology of the Lickey Hills Country Park.

Their tasks range from keeping the quarries free of weeds and litter to carrying out guided walks to seeking out new exposures of interest.

The Visitor Centre is located at Warren Lane, Rednal B45 8ER.

Pictured above: The quarry in action during the days of horse-power!

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