First part of a new stone circle at Brockholes nature reserve

Posted on - 20th June, 2014 - 2:13pm | Author - | Posted in - Brockholes, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston, Wildlife and Conservation
Brockholes Nature Reserve

Brockholes Nature Reserve

On Saturday June 21st, the summer solstice, the Wildlife Trust is turning back the clock to the Bronze Age, 4,000 years ago, and installing the first stones as part of a new stone circle at Brockholes nature reserve.


The first set of stones have now been delivered to the site and will be moved and placed into the ground by volunteers using levers and ropes between the hours of 9.40am and 9.40pm, the last stone going into its hole as the sun is setting. The Trust is very grateful to Aggregate Industries who donated the first set of stones from their limestone quarry at Back Lane, near Carnforth. Other stones will come from Grindleton (sandstone), Pendle Hill (Millstone Grit) and Rossendale (Haslingden Flag) in order that the circle reflects the geological diversity of Lancashire.

The circle will provide a setting for an earth clock, from which your shadow will tell the time, and some of the stones will be aligned to the sunrise and sunset at the solstices in June and December and the equinoxes in March and September.

Will you go and watch the stones being laid? Let us know in the comments below.

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