Leave only Footprints
Saxons in the Meon Valley
This program focuses on Anglo Saxons life in the Meon Valley and current practices here at the Sustainability Centre.
Children engage in a hands on challenge to build a sandbag arch similar to the rare arch in the Saxon church of nearby Corhampton. Other pupils might weave mini-hurdles with willow, while learning about coppiced woods used by Saxons to build homes and fences.
Exploring the site’s plants, herbs and ‘hedges’, a word derived from Anglo Saxon ‘haga’ meaning enclosure, we see how people then and now value biodiversity in the landscape. Finally pupils hear about the evidence left behind by Saxon settlements and consider what impact the buildings on our site have on the land and what evidence will be left for future generations.
This session can be extended into a whole Saxon themed day by including activities in our working woodland such as fire lighting and bread cooking, understanding natural burial in various cultures and time, or art work and clay pots.
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