Putnoe Woods covers an approximate area of 10.5 hectares and lies just below Mowsbury Hillfort and Mowsbury Hill Meadow at Ravensden. The wood is now less than 10% of what is was when the area was mentioned in the Domesday Book and before that when a Scandinavian named Putta settled there.
Mowsbury Hillfort Rises commandingly above the driving range at Mowsbury golf course and is approximately seven acres in size, the best preserved of only 10 univallate hillforts in Bedfordshire, a single line of defenses, one bank and ditch. Both areas support a rich diversity of wild life and plants as well as being of historical interest.
Both sites are owned and managed by Bedford Borough Council having been bought in the mid twentieth century with the proceeds of the sale of the present Midland Road railway station site. The Parks Dept and the Priory park rangers are responsible for the implementation of the management strategies and the friends group assist the park rangers in practical and promotional tasks.
You can find our mobile, tablet site at www.pwmhfriends.com and keep in touch with our Facebook page, Friends of Putnoe Wood and Mowsbury Hillfort, Twitter: @mowshillfort or the What's On and contacts page on both sites. Can't find what you are looking for try here Page Index.
Our thanks to Glenda and Bev for allowing us to use the cafe for our meetings.
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You may have seen that applications are now open for the 2018 Living Countryside Awards.
As Mowsbury Hillfort won a CPRE Mark in 2016 I was hoping you might be able to provide a short quote about what winning a Mark meant to you and if you put your award up anywhere we would love to see a photo! We would like to use the quote and / or photo in our publicity for this year's awards and of course would include links to your website and social media accounts as appropriate.
More information about this year's awards can be found on our website http://www.cprebeds.org.uk/awards/item/2350-living-countryside-awards-2018-category-announcement