On this week’s Open Country, Helen Mark visits the Iron-Age Hillfort in Oswestry, Shropshire to discover why it’s the “Stonehenge of the Iron Age” and how plans for housing might affect the landscape.

She speaks to Dr Rachel Pope about the Hillfort’s origins and why it’s one of the most important Iron-Age monuments in England.  Dr George Nash describes how the site was used to train troops during World War One, and John Waine explains how Oswestry-born poet and soldier Wilfred Owen returned to Park Hall for training and may have written ‘Storm’ in the shadow of this incredible monument.  Sarah Gibson of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust takes Helen on a search for Yellowhammers, Linnets and the Violet Oil Beetle which hitches a lift on the backs of solitary bees.  Following Shropshire Council’s decision to include a piece of land near the Hillfort in their plan for development, Bill Klemperer of Historic England explains how they hope to minimise its impact should an application for housing be made.

Open Country, presented by Helen Mark and produced by Toby Field, broadcast on BBC RADIO 4 on THURSDAY 21 APRIL at 15:00.  More details and photos of the recording can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b077jb6m

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