Stoney Wood

New interpretation for Wirksworth’s community woodland.

We have been delighted to work with the Stoney Wood Group and Wirksworth Town Council to develop new interpretation panels at the woodland’s three gateways, a leaflet available around town and at the gateways, and a YouTube video about Stoney Wood. The wood occupies an old limestone quarry and was transformed in the 1990s into a woodland by a community group who worked with Tarmac, local schools, artists, volunteers and the town council.

We trained and mentored the group in oral history and interpretive writing to tell this story of transformation. Group volunteers recorded people involved in the early days of the woodland, searched for archive photographs and wrote the text for the panels and leaflet. As part of this we facilitated a group workshop where we developed the interpretive theme for the project – this was transformation to echo the different changes that have occurred – from ancient sea to limestone, from limestone to quarried stone, from quarry to woodland.