Wilmslow events to mark forty years since Lindow Man discovery

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To mark forty years since Lindow Man, now recognised as Britain's most famous bog body, was discovered by peat cutters on Lindow Moss a series of events will be happening on both Lindow Moss and at other locations around Wilmslow.

To celebrate this significant anniversary, local charity Transition Wilmslow, together with the newly formed Lindow Moss Partnership, The Friends of Lindow Moss and The Guild for Lifelong Learning, is organising a programme of events to raise awareness of the amazing cultural and scientific importance of this special place.

Professor John Handley says: "The restoration of Lindow Moss is now underway. Rewetting the landscape by reducing drainage will allow bog plants like sphagnum moss, cotton grass and sundew to flourish. When the bog is rewetted, it will absorb huge amounts of water and help prevent flooding.

"Importantly, it will begin to turn the landscape from one emitting harmful greenhouse gases to one that absorbs them, helping in the fight against climate change. Now is the perfect time to celebrate Lindow Man and the long awaited restoration of Lindow Moss."

Events include an exhibition in Wilmslow Library from 7th May, guided walks on Lindow Moss, a Bioblitz (nature discovery day), art exhibitions and workshops at The Guild, a concert, and two outdoor art installations, made up of art produced by school children and students, and an Art Trail displaying large scale art works by artist Phil Barton and colleagues.

Workshops have been taking place at local primary schools; artist Phil went to Lindow Primary School recently to work with the children to develop their iron age inspired banners.

In addition, a 12 week course at The Guild for Lifelong Learning from September to December ('Lindow Man, his people and his landscape') will bring expert speakers from across the UK.

Details are on www.discoverlindow.org where you can also sign up to join The Friends of Lindow Moss newsletter.

Booking for the outdoor events goes live on 1st May and as places for some events are limited we suggest booking early.

Bookings for Guild events will be bookable via the Guild for Lifelong Learning website from 6th June.

Photo: Artist Phil Barton and pupils from Lindow Primary school taking part in a workshop to make banners as part of the Lindow Moss Art Trail.


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