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Kingsettle Wood

Motcombe

Field visit with Kingsettle Woodland Trust

Wednesday 3 April, - 10.00 am
Location: Meet at Wincombe Business Park , Shaftesbury SP7 9Q [ST 869242]

Onward to Kingsettle Wood for 10.30 am

We shall be parking (as some of us will remember) in the Wincombe Business Park [Grid Ref ST 869 242] sited along the east, right-hand side of the A350 running north from the roundabout at the top of the hill on the NW side of Shaftesbury. About a mile along the road there is a large notice reading ‘Wincombe Business Park Entrance’ . Pull in, drive a few yards on to the left and sited on the right hand side is a car park with a cafe in the corner. From here we will walk a few hundred yards up the A350 - then cross over this (very busy) road to the ‘Management’  entrance to Kingsettle Wood and meet up with David Humphries at 10.30.

Now all but half way through March have pleasure in forwarding the meeting-up details for our first field meeting of 2019 to Kingsettle Wood just north of Shaftesbury along our Dorset/Wiltshire border. And which we first walked in April 2015.  Our second visit is prompted by a message received from Claire Pinder at County Hall last September further to the interest expressed by the Kingsettle Woodland Trust organiser and volunteers who contacted her last September on hearing about the DCB Research project.  They are keen to learn about our recording methodology and our discoveries; and - as RW observes - there remains considerable potential here for further discoveries here before the summer undergrowth 'gets going.'  Sarah Stebbing, Woodlands Trust Site Manager for Wiltshire and North East Dorset, has kindly arranged for David Humphries the Warden of Kingsettle Wood to meet up with us at the 'Management entrance' sited on the west side of the A350 about a mile north of Shaftesbury. 

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HRF Motcombe

Links for the OS 1901 map of Kingsettle Wood and the HRF kindly completed by Robin Walls following our 2015 visit are listed in the table below. He noted 'that the original county boundary follows a sandstone ridge along the highest part of the wood, reaching a height of 239m (784ft). Whether the ridge is entirely natural or whether it was once enhanced in some way is not entirely clear - at one point there are some large stones, one of them I noted as perhaps 30" by 50". The wood itself belongs to the Woodland Trust . . . The new Wessex Water Corfe Mullen to Salisbury Transfer Main, which crosses the Dorset/Wiltshire boundary at least four times in this area, also impedes us at one point. The old boundary is still today the boundary of a European Constituency! The modern county boundary is along the west side of the A350 road which it would be foolhardy to try and walk along. Again inside the Wincombe Business Park the European Constituency boundary follows the original boundary, in spite of the fact that it now goes through brick walls and cuts buildings in half - an interesting item for the Hercological Record Form.'

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LiDAR DTM

LiDAR is an acronym for Light Detection And Ranging.
The link below relates to the Environment Agency LiDAR 1 metre post-processed Digital Terrain Map (DTM) where the vegetation and man made artifacts have been removed.

KINGSETTLE WOOD, MOTCOMBE
Boundaries
Kingsettle Wood. Boundary 5ft RH (aligned with large and split trees to left) whilst the group walk on the new track.
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HRF Motcombe

Highlighting the need for a field visit to observe and record. This Dorset - Wiltshire boundary is recorded 5ft RH (Wilts side) on an 1886 survey. Modern works to install a water main has changed the surface features and it is not now apparent that the trees, left and split, were on the original hedge [387720 125289]. HRF in preparation.

PosT Meeting

For our post field meeting 'sit down' we will re-convene at the Kings Arms - which is open all day. We will drive south back along the A350 towards Shaftesbury, over the roundabout into the town and on the left-hand side the Kings Arms comes into sight and running along the side of the building is the entrance to a large (pay and display) car park.
Top of our Agenda will be catching up the things - not least matters AONB/HLF and to plans for our June field meeting along a further length of the boundary which crosses the designated area of the AONB - an invitation to their 'members' to join us will be forwarded out on their website. Also a short report 'updating' that forwarded out in January including notes taken at our meeting with Roger Goulding of the AONB at the Priests House Museum in Wimborne on 6 February. And - not least - national publication . . . our website and archive.

RISK ASSESSMENT - CARE IN THE WOOD PLACE

Sarah Stebbing has forwarded me a Risk Statement further to 3 April; the Kingsettle Wood footpaths ‘are un-surfaced and can be steep in places . . . and muddy.’  And I also include here the paragraph kindly forwarded by GH further to our field meetings. The activities of our Research Group are organised informally, and by joining in any of our outdoor events you do so entirely at your own risk, and we accept no liability for those who participate. If you wish to join us you are reminded that you must rely on your own ability and experience to gauge the difficulty and severity of the activity and the route or terrain involved, andyou will be responsible for your own safety at all times. Any decision to continue or discontinue any walk or activity at any point is entirely your own choice, and you are reminded that you should have appropriate clothing, rainwear and footwear, and carry sun protection, food and drink adequate for the weather and the duration of the walk or excursion.

Support Information
c 1886 boundary mapping. Nominal 1:5000
Page Description Dorset Parish Other Parish link MB size date
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North of Kingsettle Wood

Motcombe Semley, Wiltshire PDF
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1.07 1886
143 Kingsettle Wood Motcombe Semley, Wiltshire PDF
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1.17 1886
1-218 Dorset 1886 boundary - Full All Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire PDF
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55.62 1886
Lidar [1m] Relief of Kingsettle Wood.
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Lidar with 1886 raster and vector overlay

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1.8 C.1886
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Lidar with 1886 and current vector overlay

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1.2 C.1886
Additional Information
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1 Kingsettle Wood 1901 with osgb overlay O.S. PDF
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1.9 1901
2 Kingsettle Wood HRF Robin Walls [DCBS] PDF
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5.6 2015
 

 

Dorset Explorer HRF Links
Tess

The Dorset Explorer map

The site (http://explorer.geowessex.com/) has a DCBS layer with spatial links to several published HRFs

Woodland Trust
Dorset County Museum
Woodland Trust

Woodland Trust

Kingsettle Wood a Woodland Trust wood.

Dorset History Centre
Dorset History Centre
Childs

Dorset History Centre

Visit the Dorset History Centre to to carry out research and view archived reports of the DCBS including HRFs.

Bridport Rd, Dorchester DT1 1RP.