Heritage at Risk Heroes
Celebrating the work of people saving heritage in the South East.
Across the South East there is an army of hardworking individuals and groups working to safeguard some of our most vulnerable heritage - those on our Heritage at Risk List.
Often volunteers with a passion for a historic place, their determination and hard work is helping to remove sites from the register by bringing them back into use or caring for their condition.
We'd like to celebrate these heroes and will feature their stories here on our web pages. If you feel inspired to help out or would like to share your own story please get in touch with us using the contact details at the bottom of this page.
Staff and volunteers from the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – Giving a Saxon Barrow a haircut
During August Cotswold Voluntary wardens were out cutting back nettles, scrub and weeds from a Saxon Barrow in Oxfordshire. The team are attempting to encourage grass to grow on the site so that the barrow can be better understood visually whilst also preventing badgers and other animals from digging into the mound.
The volunteers worked tirelessly during the day (with a break for tea and cake of course) and will continue to visit the site annually to ensure the weed growth is managed. By managing the barrow and protecting it from animals and damage the group is ensuring that this piece of ancient history is both preserved for the future and recognised today.
It's not just extreme weeding that this group get up to, they have a wide range of activities designed to conserve and enhance the AONB including tree planting, hedge laying, leading guided walks, and running education outreach activities with local schools.
How to get involved
The friendly team are always looking for more help so find out more about volunteering with the warden service.
Volunteers at Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company
Saltdean Lido is a beautiful Grade II* Modernist style lido built in 1938 which has stood closed and derelict for a number of years. The lido is on the Heritage at Risk Register and has particular problems with its concrete construction and windows.
In 2014 Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company was set up from the Save the Lido campaign who successfully saved the Lido from residential development. The group of volunteers are now working tirelessly on fundraising and grant applications to repair and restore the lido to its former glory.
Work on the swimming pools is now underway thanks to recent grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Coastal Community Fund and Social Investment in Business Fund.
How to get involved
You can find out more about becoming a volunteer, the project or making a donation on the Saltdean Lido website or social media pages.
South East Office
Eastgate Court ,
195-205 High Street,
Also of interest...
Find out which of England's historic sites are currently at risk.