Monday 19 August 2013
No human remains or artefacts were found during the work, but this was not unexpected as the burial mounds were excavated in the 1930s. The erosion scars were squared off and then backfilled with locally derived chalk and a layer of topsoil. A geotextile membrane was used to separate the original material from the new repairs. “The last stage in these repairs is to gather seed from grasses and flowers nearby in the next few weeks to reseed the topsoil,” explained Rachel Sanderson from the Chilterns Commons Project.
A temporary fence has been put around the Five Knolls to protect the repair work while the grass grows back. All visitors are asked to keep to the all-weather path to the side of the Five Knolls.
English Heritage and Natural England approved the work which was carried out by specialist contractors Greenford under the supervision of local archaeologists, KDK Archaeology, and the National Trust. The work was funded by the Chilterns Commons Project with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.