‘It’s not every day you get a chance to build Stonehenge’

History making: LCC staff move the giant stone from the Nick of Pendle and, right, in place at Brockholes
History making: LCC staff move the giant stone from the Nick of Pendle and, right, in place at Brockholes
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Volunteers are needed to help complete a stone circle which will be a monument overlooking Lancashire’s latest nature reserve.

Five large stones have already been placed at Brockholes Nature Reserve with two added on Sunday.

A dozen volunteers moved the stones up the hill to the viewpoint, overlooking the reserve and the River Ribble, dug holes and secured them.

One of the stones, the Pendle Stone, had been transported from the Nick of Pendle by Lancashire County Council. Visitors can now look at the stone from the centre of the circle and see Pendle in the distance.

Organiser Lancashire Wildlife Trust Senior Conservation Officer John Lamb said: “We are looking to have 13 stones in place by the winter solstice on December 21.

“We will be moving more stones on November 2 and December 21, but we really need groups of volunteers to help us on other days.”

John said he will be happy to organise work parties if groups or businesses want to get involved in helping with the stone circle.

Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s Alan Wright said: “While we are organising the main events on specific days in the calendar, it would be good to get voluntary groups involved. It is hard work but the more people we get involved the easier it is. It is also a great sense of achievement when you get the stones upright and in the ground.

“This is creating a lovely viewpoint at Brockholes and it uses rocks from around the area, helping people to learn more about Lancashire’s geology and how the area around Brockholes was created during the last Ice Age, 10,000 years ago. It also gives you an idea of the astonishing hard work that must have gone into creating stone circles in ancient times. I can’t imagine being involved in the building of Stonehenge!”

Anyone willing to help can contact John at 01772 324129.