New signpost for ancient woodland

New sign: Coun Sellers, Jean Hayes, Coun Smith, Jean Procter, Ernest Law-Riding
New sign: Coun Sellers, Jean Hayes, Coun Smith, Jean Procter, Ernest Law-Riding

A sign which for many years pointed the way to the Forest of Bowland was removed from its long-established site in Knowle Green over a year ago by person or persons unknown.

Since then three residents, concerned the route to one of the county’s most popular scenic areas would remain unmarked, have lobbied county officials for funding to replace the sign.

Ribble Valley Mayor Coun Ian Sellers, Mayoress Jean Hayes and Councillor David Smith, a member of Bowland Joint Advisory Board, have worked hard on the project and as a result a new sign has been put up.

The success was also due to Lancashire County Council’s community projects officer Dave Radley “who fought to get the money for us,” said Coun Smith.

Coun Sellers added: “We felt it most important to replace the sign as the forest is an area of outstanding natural beauty and many tourists should have the opportunity to enjoy it.”

Despite the lack of an official sign a mystery person had, in the interim, hand-crafted a wooden sign pointing the way up past the Hall’s Arms Business Centre towards the forest, a sign which will remain as a companion to the official replacement.

l The Forest of Bowland is a landscape rich in heritage, designated as an AONB, much of its beauty related to the wild nature of the landscape - itself a result of hundreds, if not thousands of years of human activity. Many of its features present oday were established in the post medieval period. and there are many fine examples of the stone buildings built to replace timber houses between the 16th and 18th centuries, with their stone mullions, lintels and datestones.