Greystones has always been a unique site, with a long history of human settlement that has produced a wealth of nationally important heritage features.
These include a working organic farm, Scheduled Ancient Monument comprising a major Neolithic causewayed enclosure and iron age multivallate hill fort, a SSSI hay meadow, a river rich in wildlife and a restoration meadow, all set within a sweeping Cotswold landscape.
This presented the unique opportunity to tell the story of 6,000 years of continuous human occupation and farming, in a project aiming to reconnect the community with the site, interpret its history and demonstrate the impacts of human activity on the natural world.
Until recently, whilst Greystones was already an enjoyable place to visit, many of the traditional farm buildings were derelict and there was little information available about the important heritage of the Farm. Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust had always aspired to restore the farm and transform it into a location where people can learn about the rich wildlife and history of the Cotswolds - and now our dream has become a reality.
The project is particularly timely, as the recent closure of Local Authority outdoor education centres has meant that there have been few opportunities to learn outdoors, a situation reflected in the continuing decline in children’s connection with nature and levels of outdoor play.
The Cradle of the Cotswolds project has resulted in a huge range of exciting activities for people to learn about the heritage of the Cotswolds and get involved in restoring and maintaining it. It caters for all ages and abilities and is accessible for people with mobility issues.