The Forest of Trawden includes the wonderfully picturesque Wycoller Country Park and the two other former townships of Winewall and Trawden (which includes Beardshaw). We have been studying this area in depth for many years, including the famous "vaccary walls", the vernacular farms and the five medieval vaccaries of Over and Nether Beardshaw, Winewall and Over and Nether Wycoller. In 2013 we have been working with Friends of Wycoller http://www.friendsofwycoller.co.uk/ , helping to improve the setting of the scheduled ancient monuments, the three ancient Wycoller bridges, the aisled barn and the ruins of Wycoller Hall. We are very grateful to countryside warden Peter Short and Lancashire County Council for their continued support.
In 2004 the Archaeology Group carried out a conservation area assessment for Pendle Borough Council which helped establish the case for the Trawden Forest Conservation Area. Since then our understanding of the vaccaries has increased, new boundaries have been established and others revised. Earlier this year, this knowledge was used to advise Lancashire County Council with regards to woodland planting. We are currently working on a history of the forest and parish.