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Local school children gain a glimpse into Enfield's prehistoric past

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22 February 2017

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Year Five school children at Prince of Wales Primary School gained a rare glimpse into Enfield's prehistoric life buried deep under neighbouring open land which is slated for an innovative wetlands project.

  • Prince of Wales Primary School treated to a glimpse of archaeological dig
  • The dig took place in Prince of Wales Open Space to assess whether there are buried items of archaeological interest
  • After assessment, work is expected to start on the Prince of Wales Wetlands Project

Year Five school children at Prince of Wales Primary School gained a rare glimpse into Enfield's prehistoric life buried deep under neighbouring open land which is slated for an innovative wetlands project.

Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) has been carrying out an archaeological survey of Prince of Wales Open Space with help from volunteers from the Enfield Archaeological Society.

Once their assessment of the area is completed, the planning application for a community wetlands area on the site will be determined by Enfield Council.

The planning application was suspended after the space was found to be of interest for the Mesolithic era or Middle Stone Age.

There have previously been finds nearby of items such as flint tools and a mammoth tusk. In this instance, volunteers found timbers that were thousands of years old, offering a snapshot of prehistoric Enfield.

The Year Five children watched a dig being conducted and were shown some of the archaeologists' tools and recent finds.
 
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services & Protection, Cllr Ayfer Orhan, said, "This dig has been a wonderful opportunity for the school children to learn about ancient Enfield.

"Looking to the future, the creation of a new wetland area will not only make the space a haven for local residents, it will also create a wonderful facility for school children to help enhance their education, learn about climate change, flood prevention and wildlife.

"We see this as a fascinating manner in which to enhance their learning.”
 
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) thought the Prince of Wales Open Space was the ideal spot for a wetlands project as it's an amazing resource for the local community and the closest green space to Enfield Island.

While the project will run until December 2017 and has been funded by Thames Water and Enfield Council, WWT is hoping local residents will then look after the space themselves.

A neighbouring plot owned by National Grid is also being secured for use by the local community, hopefully as an outdoor classroom or forest school.
 
Prince of Wales Primary School head teacher Jan Bless explained that the development would be a great opportunity for the school's students. "They will have a mini woodland just on their doorstep."

Sustainable Drainage Systems for Schools (SuDS) Project Officer at WWT, Rita Serra, said: "We would love the community to take ownership of the project." More volunteers are needed to help it get on track. Anyone interested should contact Rita via the WWT's Facebook page .