Fundraiser for Gloucestershire stone stiles project

2nd February 2021

There is no definitive list of stone stiles in Gloucestershire and most are unprotected. We need your help in producing a record of them.

Stone stiles are a characteristic of the Cotswold landscape of Gloucestershire, with many stiles over 200 years old. For centuries stone stiles have allowed pedestrian access across the countryside and indicated ancient pathways which predate land enclosure, and point to where farmsteads, barns and villages existed. Despite their historic value there is no complete record of them, and if no action is taken, many of our stiles would simply disappear and an important part of our rural heritage would be lost forever.

Aims of The Project: The first priority is to build a county-wide database with a photograph of each stile to show its characteristics, location and OS reference. Secondly, we want to create an interactive app which will enable anyone to record a stone stile they have come across on their walk. The app will show all the stiles recorded and encourage more people to explore the countryside around them, adding to their enjoyment.

Our goal is to record every remaining stone stile in Gloucestershire before they are lost forever. Please help us to establish this important historical record of our Gloucestershire countryside.

This project is lead by Peter Wilson, volunteer and member of CPRE Gloucestershire.

We have received over 400 stile reports so far with new ones coming in every week. We now need to move on to the next stage which is to log and organise the records, before going on to create the interactive app.

We need to raise £5000 initially for this stage of the project. Please help us to reach our target.

Thank you for supporting this project!

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