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  • Averil Kear
    BlankGEOMAP, FOREST OF DEAN The Forest of Dean Local History Society has been awarded a grant of £107,200 by DEFRA’s Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 14, 2007
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      The Forest of Dean Local History Society has been awarded a grant of �107,200 by DEFRA�s Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund administered by Natural England to produce a spectacular piece of sculpture. Geologists are fairly certain that this is a unique project, with certainly nothing like it in the UK, and even in the world.

      The Geomap will be a geology map of the Forest of Dean. Instead of bright colours on a piece of paper, the rock strata will be represented by the actual rock types, taken from both operational and disused quarries. It will be a 900 square foot rock map in surface view. It will be flat and polished, but not shiny, so that the public can walk on it.


      On the map, the most important mines and quarries will be marked by discs

      of different colours set into the rock. The major railways and possibly some important tramways will also be marked on the map. Plaques mounted on stone will provide information about the geology and the mines and quarries shown on the map.



      The Geomap will demonstrate the link between the geology and the quarrying and mining industries in the Forest of Dean, and will celebrate these great industries both of the past and the present in this unique area.



      Planning permission has been granted for the Geomap to be situated at New Fancy on a flat grassy area opposite the Miners Memorial which the History Society erected in 2005. An overall view of the Geomap will be obtained from the high viewpoint accessible by a footpath and there will be disabled access. The sculptor/stonemason who will carry out the project is David Yeates, who constructed the large rock viewing points at Lydney Docks.



      The idea of the Geomap evolved from discussions between David Owen of the Gloucestershire Geology Trust and the Secretary of the History Society, Dr. Liz Berry and her husband Professor David Berry. Liz and Dave then put together the grant application on behalf of the Society and they will be overseeing the ongoing work with a sub-committee with full support from the Society�s Chairman and the rest of the committee. As partners, the Forestry Commission, Gloucestershire Geology Trust, Forest of Dean District Council and Coleford MCTI Partnership will all be offering their expertise as the project progresses.



      The Geomap will be completed by March 2008. The project will be of great educational value for both the local community and the wider public, as well as a unique and beautiful work of art.

      Averil Kear
      a.kear@...
      Tel: 01594 563165



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    • John Loosley
      Congratulations on obtaining the grant for this exciting project. Look forward to seeing the result next year John ... From: Averil Kear
      Message 2 of 2 , Aug 14, 2007
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        Congratulations on obtaining the grant for this exciting project. Look
        forward to seeing the result next year

        John

        ----- Original Message -----
        From: "Averil Kear" <a.kear@...>
        To: "Glos History Groups" <gloshistory@yahoogroups.com>
        Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2007 8:53 AM
        Subject: [gloshistory] Geomap Forest of Dean


        BlankGEOMAP, FOREST OF DEAN



        The Forest of Dean Local History Society has been awarded a grant of
        £107,200 by DEFRA's Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund administered by
        Natural England to produce a spectacular piece of sculpture. Geologists are
        fairly certain that this is a unique project, with certainly nothing like it
        in the UK, and even in the world.

        The Geomap will be a geology map of the Forest of Dean. Instead of bright
        colours on a piece of paper, the rock strata will be represented by the
        actual rock types, taken from both operational and disused quarries. It will
        be a 900 square foot rock map in surface view. It will be flat and polished,
        but not shiny, so that the public can walk on it.


        On the map, the most important mines and quarries will be marked by discs

        of different colours set into the rock. The major railways and possibly some
        important tramways will also be marked on the map. Plaques mounted on stone
        will provide information about the geology and the mines and quarries shown
        on the map.



        The Geomap will demonstrate the link between the geology and the quarrying
        and mining industries in the Forest of Dean, and will celebrate these great
        industries both of the past and the present in this unique area.



        Planning permission has been granted for the Geomap to be situated at New
        Fancy on a flat grassy area opposite the Miners Memorial which the History
        Society erected in 2005. An overall view of the Geomap will be obtained from
        the high viewpoint accessible by a footpath and there will be disabled
        access. The sculptor/stonemason who will carry out the project is David
        Yeates, who constructed the large rock viewing points at Lydney Docks.



        The idea of the Geomap evolved from discussions between David Owen of the
        Gloucestershire Geology Trust and the Secretary of the History Society, Dr.
        Liz Berry and her husband Professor David Berry. Liz and Dave then put
        together the grant application on behalf of the Society and they will be
        overseeing the ongoing work with a sub-committee with full support from the
        Society's Chairman and the rest of the committee. As partners, the Forestry
        Commission, Gloucestershire Geology Trust, Forest of Dean District Council
        and Coleford MCTI Partnership will all be offering their expertise as the
        project progresses.



        The Geomap will be completed by March 2008. The project will be of great
        educational value for both the local community and the wider public, as well
        as a unique and beautiful work of art.

        Averil Kear
        a.kear@...
        Tel: 01594 563165



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