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RAF trainees clear WWI trenches on Berkhamsted Common

Friday 12 October 2012

RAF trainees clear WWI trenches on Berkhamsted Common

The project to map the location of WWI troop training trenches on Berkhamsted Common is now underway.  The project got off to a great start on Thursday 4 October when a team of trainees from RAF Halton helped volunteers from the Chilterns Commons Project, run by the Chilterns Conservation Board, and The Chiltern Society to clear some of the scrub around the trenches.  

Since the trenches were dug by trainees of the Inns of Court Officers Training Corps during WWI, hawthorn and blackthorn scrub has grown over them.  The scrub clearance work, which was carefully timed to minimise disturbance to wildlife, is part of the management plan for the areas of Berkhamsted Common which are owned  by the Berkhamsted Golf Club Trustee Co Ltd but are not part of the golf course.  The management plan was prepared for the Trustees by Hertfordshire Countryside Management Service and has been approved by Natural England.  

Led by Norman Groves, the first session to plot their location took place on Saturday 6 October.  Mapping sessions will take place throughout the coming six months. Rachel Sanderson of the Chilterns Commons Project said:

"After many months of planning we are delighted that work has started to learn more about this rare piece of WWI history near Berkhamsted."

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