Flodden project shortlisted for Heritage award

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Remembering Flodden volunteers have been shortlisted for an English Heritage Angel Award for ‘rescuing’ the battlefield from oblivion.

Remembering Flodden founder Clive Hallam-Baker said: “We’re delighted to have been nominated for this award. Before we set to work this site was in danger of fading into oblivion.

“It’s an important piece of history, locally and nationally, so we are pleased that it has been given some recognition.”

Flodden is one of only three locations in the British Isles where a reigning monarch died in battle, but is now as well known as Hastings and Bosworth.

A large granite cross erected in 1910 on top of Piper’s Hill became neglected and covered in weeds.

A faded interpretation board gave a limited account of the battle and a short footpath to the monument was the only access to the battlefield.

The Remembering Flodden Project formed in 2003 and the rescue of the site has been ongoing ever since.

Work has included a battlefield trail and seating being established, information leafets, a DVD, and the installation of the world’s smallest visitor centre in a disused telephone box.

The grass is now cut weekly and a guidebook is currently in production. All work is done by a small group of local volunteers and 20,000 visitors expected this year.

Visitor numbers have increased tenfold in the run up to the 500th anniversary of the Battle, with 20,000 visitors expected this year.

The Remembering Flodden Project has been shortlisted in the Best Rescue of Any Other Type of Historic Building or Site category for its work in the battlefield at Branxton. Winners will then receive their awards in London on October 21.

To vote for the Flodden Battlefield to win the Heritage Angels award for The Best Rescue of Any Other Type of Historic Building or Site, go to Survey Monkey