We have released the following Press Release:

The spectacular Neolithic and Bronze Age monument complex at Thornborough, in Yorkshire’s North Riding, has been sadly neglected for many decades. Despite being of unique cultural value — described by English Heritage as “the most important prehistoric site between Stonehenge and the Orkneys” —  it is closed to visitors, lacks educational information, and sits in an extensively quarried landscape. That this icon of Yorkshire and England is in such a poor state is a national disgrace.

The Thornborough Heritage Trust has recently been created to ensure these monuments, and the ‘sacred plateau’ which surround it, have a brighter future. Organised by three Trustees, it has two principal aims:
(1) to promote the conservation, preservation and protection of the Thornborough henges and other archaeological and historical sites in North Yorkshire, including their landscape setting, for the benefit of the public; (2) to advance the education of the public and to raise and encourage public awareness, knowledge and understanding of the significance, value and importance of the Thornborough henges and other archaeological and historical sites.

This charitable trust has its roots in the local community and will be an inclusive organisation free for all to join. It is financially dependent on donations and currently looking for private and corporate sponsors.

Tarmac Ltd has offered to donate some of its landholding at Thornborough “to an appropriate body for management as a public amenity in perpetuity”.  This offer has been made as part of their planning application to extend the Nosterfield Quarry to Langwith House Farm. The trust welcomes this offer, but believes the application contains insufficient information about the impact of further mineral extraction and should therefore be withdrawn, with the land being transferred before any amended resubmission is considered. The trust is ideally placed to play an active part in further negotiations about the future of this landholding.

The trust is currently organising events to benefit the general public, including for the Festival of British Archaeology organised between 14th-29th July 2012 by the Council for British Archaeology.