11th February 2019
Albion Stone will be donating a piece of fossilised wood for the Fossil Forest site.
Fossil Forest is an important geological site on the Jurassic coast. This rocky ledge known as Fossil Forest shows exposed evidence of a forest which grew here around 145 million years ago.
Strange rounded shapes can be seen at the Fossil Forest known as 'algal burrs' which are the fossilised remains of where the tree trunks once stood.
Access to the Fossil Forest is currently closed following a rock fall in 2015 that damaged the steps leading down from the Coast Path onto the rock shelf area of the Fossil Forest. The Fossil Forest Welcome Hub project aims to repair the steps. The Coast Path is unaffected and this section can still be walked when the ranges are open.
Repairing and reopening the access steps to the Fossil Forest is part of the ‘Coastal Connections - people and places’ project funded by the Coastal Communities Fund, and will receive £120,000 towards its costs from this successful bid, granted in April 2017. The remainder of the funding, around £52,000 is being provided by Lulworth Estate, Ministry of Defence and Dorset County Council.
The Fossil Forest forms a fundamental part of the Jurassic Coast's walk through time story. Access to the site, new interpretation and information about the Fossil Forest will also be installed to allow people the opportunity to enjoy, explore and learn from this special part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
Construction work started in August 2017 to start making the area safer but ongoing works will be limited to only being carried out when the Ministry of Defence ranges are open.