Social Evening – Tuesday 7 May 19

Greensand Country Project 

On our Social Evening, Bedford Camera Club is pleased to welcome 

Eloise Markwick, Projects and Conservation Officer for the Greensand Country Landscape Partnership.

Greensand Country covers 40 miles of scenic landscape, which is defined by the Greensand Ridge and reaches over three neighbouring counties; Cambridgeshire in the east, across Bedfordshire and into Buckinghamshire in the west.  The area contains all of Bedfordshire’s remaining heathland, more than half of its woodland and more historic parkland than anywhere else in the country.  

Greensand Country is also characterised by numerous small structures made from locally quarried greensand stone.  Sadly, this distinctive local heritage is at risk owing to a number of issues including neglect; salt-erosion; poor repair work and just being knocked down through lack of awareness.  A database of over 500 sandstone structures in the area is now available to the public.  The aim of the project is to use this Sandstone Structure Audit as a basis to create a visual record of these structures to be kept for posterity at the Bedford Archives and Records Office.  With Bedford Camera Club’s help in recording images of these structures it will be an important first step to conserve this unique architectural heritage for future generations.  The presentation will briefly introduce sandstone structures; explain why they are at risk, and describe how the Club can get involved in the project.

Fish and Chip Supper

After the presentation we will be having our popular  “fish and chip supper” again. The cost of the supper is £6.50 per person. If you wish to participate in the supper, please let Bruce have payment next Tuesday 30 April 19.