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Privacy Policy

The Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust (EHT) is a membership organisation established to promote the protection, conservation and improvement of Earth Heritage sites for the benefit of the public and also to educate the public in Earth Heritage.

The privacy of personal information is protected by the UK Data Protection Act (1998) and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which prohibit EHT from passing personal details to anyone other than those people who need to know. EHT has appropriate technical and organisational measures in place to prevent the unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal information, and accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal information.

Personal Data of Friends and Volunteers

The personal information we collect, that is provided to us by Friends and volunteers, may include: titles, names, address and contact details such as telephone number and email address. For volunteers claiming expenses, bank account details will also be kept. We will use this information for the following purposes:

  • To manage membership including payment details and volunteer activities.
  • To send information which we think may be of interest or to improve our membership services. This will include newsletters, updates on activities and volunteering opportunities.
  • To pay volunteer expenses where applicable

Mail Order Information

The EHT sells trail guides and other merchandise through its web site and in response to requests by post. On-line financial transactions are conducted through PayPal; hence the EHT receives no financial data from customers. For payments made by cheque, account details are logged in the EHT bank paying in book. Delivery details supplied by customers are used only for the purposes of dispatching the goods and handling any subsequent queries. A paper copy of the transaction is retained for audit purposes.

Earth Heritage Site Information

The EHT holds information about sites of geological interest within the counties of Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, including Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and Local Sites (formerly Regionally Important Geological Sites (RIGS)).

This data is held on behalf of the Local Authorities of the two counties, to support the planning process and to support the legitimate interests of the trust in protecting, conserving and improving the sites, where appropriate and with the consent of the site owner. The data includes contact details of site owners, as supplied by them or through the publicly accessible Land Registry. This data may be used by the EHT to contact the owners, either to arrange site visits or to make enquiries as necessary to support the Local Authorities. It is used for no other purpose and is not passed to third parties.

Personal Data and Third Parties

We only pass personal details onto third parties that EHT is required to by law or have a legitimate reason for doing so. For example if someone has made a Gift Aid

Declaration to EHT, we are required to submit some personal data (title, name and address) to HRMC in order that EHT can reclaim UK tax on subscriptions and/or donations.

Retention of Personal Information

All personal information retained by EHT will be kept on file no longer than is necessary for our purposes. For example the HMRC requires EHT to retain information about Gift Aid for seven years. Details of those who sever their association with the Trust will be removed as soon as reasonably possible.

Access Rights to Personal Data

Anyone is entitled to ask for a copy of personal information held about them by the EHT and to have any inaccuracies corrected. This will normally be provided free of charge unless the request is considered manifestly unfounded, excessive or repetitive. Disclosure will only be permitted to persons who have provided suitable identification. Please contact EHT for further details.


Cookies are text files, which identify a user’s computer, but not the individual user. The EHT website may have features that may require cookies. They are only used to ensure the users’ preferences for viewing the website are maintained.

Links to other websites

There are hyperlinks within the website which will take you away from the EHT website. The linked sites are not under the control of EHT and we are not responsible for the contents of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site, or any changes or updates to such sites. EHT is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by EHT of the site.


The Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust seeks to ensure that all information on the website is accurate However, EHT and its consultants cannot accept any responsibility or liability for any claim, loss or damage whatsoever from the use of any information within or accessed through its website.

Contact Details:

H&W Earth Heritage Trust

Geological Records Office

University of Worcester

Henwick Grove



Tel: 01905 855184

Email: eht@worc.ac.uk


Privacy Policy v5, September 2018


Geological Site Maintenance in the Malvern Hills

During 2015 and 2016, Earth Heritage Trust has been undertaking geological site maintenance at various sites in the Malvern Hills area. This important work is being supported by Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (MHAONB) and Malvern Hills Conservators (MHC). The work is being funded for the next four years.

Work has recently been completed at Whitman’s Hill Coppice, Knight’s Quarry, Earnslaw Quarry, Suckley 3 Quarry, Park Wood Quarry and Wyche (South) Quarry. The work is being managed by EHT’s Vice President John Payne and a team of about 20 volunteers. A more detailed report about the work can be found in the latest EHT Newsletter.

Knight's Quarry

Knight's Quarry - Before and After.

University of Worcester GeoGarden

An impressive new GeoGarden has recently been completed on the St John’s campus of the University of Worcester.

The GeoGarden contains rocks representing 700 million years of Earth History. These rocks, all locally sourced, tell a fascinating story of continental collisions, shallow tropical seas, coastal lagoons and swamps, hot deserts, vast ice sheets and polar deserts.

The project is the result of a collaboration between Earth Heritage Trust and the University of Worcester. It has been funded by the University of Worcester and The Curry Fund.

An information leaflet can be downloaded here.

GeoFest 2019

GeoFest is the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark’s annual three month long celebration of the Geopark’s geology, landscape and associated heritage. Events are hosted and run by the members of the Geopark Forum. A programme can be downloaded here at: http://geopark.org.uk/pub/2019/05/geofest-2019-2/

Please visit www.geopark.org.uk for further details.

Voyages in Deep Time – New Project Gets The Go-Ahead

The Trust is excited to announce the launch of the project Voyages in Deep Time following the award of support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Bransford Trust, in addition to a number of other organisations and individuals.

The project will produce apps to support the teaching of geology in schools and colleges in addition to informing a wider audience. The educational content will be produced with support of a number of geology teachers and their students. An associated web site will work in conjunction with the apps and provide resources to support artistic interpretations of deep time environments, through to the data to build ancient lifeforms and landforms using 3D printers.

For geology the project will focus on four main sites; in Worcestershire the Lickey/Clents Hills and Martley, in Herefordshire the Wye gorge and the Red and Black Darren area of the Black Mountains.

The project will develop 3 categories of app. The ‘Explorer’ will use the phone/tablet as a data recording device for field work. Information about the site to be explored is downloaded to the app from the Deep Time website, making it extendable to any location. The ‘Voyager’ will be built around a game/competitive theme, solving real problems in the context of ancient environments. The ‘PastBeneathMe’ will provide information on the rocks, soil, plus any archaeological or industrial history of the place beneath the user (limited to Herefordshire and Worcestershire). The data for this will be delivered, as far as possible live, from open source datasets, provided by the recently launched ESSP (Environmental Science to Services Partnership) involving BGS, OS, MetOffice, Environment Agency and others.

Geopark Way on Your Phone

Each of the 17 sections of the Geopark Way now has a dedicated app available for smart-phones and tablets.

Each app has a map of the relevant section overlain on an interactive geology map. Using GPS you get your position and a feed of data about the geology and other information as you walk. ‘Other information’ includes photos of the walk with directional guidance, 3D cross-sections, and interpretations of past environments.

Rock information for current location or where map has been touched




For Android devices you can install them on your phone/tablet from the Google Play store. For Apple devices install them from the Apple App Store. To quickly locate them, just enter ‘geopark’ into the Search facility. The apps for 3 of the sections are free, the rest have a charge of around £1. All money raised will be gifted to the Trust, so even if you don’t own a suitable type of phone, please encourage others who have to install them! And also give feedback (hopefully positive) to produce a high star rating – especially important to encourage people to install them when they are paid for.

Reconstructions of past environments and geological cross-sections

Interpretation of an ancient environment


Café H2O at the Geocentre

Cafe H2O is part of the new Malvern Hills GeoCentre, serving refreshments to staff of the Wyche Innovation Centre as well as members of the public visiting the GeoCentre.

Open Mon to Fri, 09:30 to 16:30, but closed to the general public on Wednesdays. Operated by Team Jamboree.

Open Sat, Sun and Bank Holiday Mondays 09:00-18:00. Operated by Joanne and her team.

At the iPad stands

Browsing iPads

Serving Teapigs tea, coffee, hot chocolate, Clive’s Fruit Farm fruit juice, Holywell Spring Water, filled rolls, toast, soup, jacket potatoes, salads, snacks, cakes and Bennett’s Farm ice cream.

Cafe H2O is an ideal place for an informal business or social meeting, with free wi-fi and access to the Centre’s business facilities. The Cafe can also provide catering for on-site business meetings in the Boardroom, symposia and training workshops in the Seminar Room on Wednesdays, and on a pre-order basis for breakfast and evening business meetings at the Centre.





HWERT publications are available and the Geopark Way apps can be downloaded using the free WiFi. A video wall shows a rolling display of images taken along the Geopark Way from Bridgnorth to Gloucester Cathedral.

Video wall in Café H2O showing images from the Geopark Way


Opening of the Malvern Hills Geocentre

The Geocentre bustled with people keen to learn about Geology

Chris Darmon the President of the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark launched GeoFest 2013 at the Malvern Hills GeoCentre on 1st June. Well over 250 people attended this as part of the grand opening of the GeoCentre and the Geopark Way Visitor Centre. The GeoCentre is the brainchild of Emma Philpott and Adrian Burden and houses large panels with information about the Geopark and the Geopark Way, together with interactive iPads. There is also a big video screen displaying geology, wildlife and culture of the Malvern Hills. Visitors can purchase the Geopark Way trail guidebook and associated geological map as well as other geology and landscape trail guidebooks and many things geological.

The official opening of the Geocentre

As he opened the Centre, Chris remarked on its excellent position half way along the Geopark Way and that it is surrounded by fantastic geology.. He praised the ambition of Emma and Adrian of KeyIQ, of the Earth Heritage Trust and the Geopark partners and he thanked the AONB for grant aid. This is a facility with a great future. Last but by no means least, he mentioned the integral cafe as an important attraction (great cakes) to all the walkers passing by.

Enjoying the facilities

A Thousand Years of Building with Stone

The nature and history of the rocks below our feet not only shapes the distinct regional landscape we see around us but also influences what can grow, where settlements are established and what we build. From cottages to castles and from bridges to barns the stone built heritage of the region has, through the ages, represented an important link between the largely hidden world beneath our feet and our everyday lives.

However much of the awareness and knowledge of our stone built heritage has been forgotten or lost over time. This places many buildings, central to the particular character of our towns and villages, at risk. We want to delve into the history and stories surrounding our stone-built heritage, reuniting important – though not necessarily grand – stone structures with the lost quarries from which the material was won and reasserting the importance of such buildings in our local heritage.

Significant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund means that the project is now underway and we are looking for people to become involved in uncovering and telling this story and recording it for the future.

We want to train volunteers to understand stone and record its uses in buildings, to search records, to uncover the stories of local people who worked with stone and to discover our lost quarries. If you are interested and wish to find out more about the project please contact us by email or phone or find us on twitter.

If you have already expressed an interest in being part of the project or being kept informed of progress, we will be writing to you very shortly.

Web: www.buildingstones.org.uk

Email: building.stones@worc.ac.uk

Twitter: @BuildingStones

The Geopark Way circular trails

The three trail routes were devised to incorporate a section of the Geopark Way long distance walking trail, with each trail visiting former aggregate site/s that are located off the main trail.

Each trail leaflet gives clear trail directions together with a geological interpretation of the landscape and outcrops found along the route. Emphasis has been placed on those sites were extraction of aggregate material has taken place. The trails were funded through the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund … → Read More

Iceland Volcano

With geology once again being centre of the news, here are a few handy links to keep you well informed of the latest developments on the Eyjafjallajokull volcano!
For the latest news from Iceland, check out the Iceland Meteorological Office.
The Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre based at the Met Office, is keeping track of the path of the ash cloud.
The British Geological Survey have provided some useful information on the volcano.
For the latest travel and media reaction, check out the BBC News website.
Finally, for those of you worried about any health implications the Health Protection Agency will provide you with all the latest information.
But most of all, enjoy this unique opportunity to see the wonder of nature in action and the wonderful sunsets and sunrises it may bring!!

Unique Fossil Find in Herefordshire

New research at the University of Leicester has discovered exceptionally well preserved fossil from the Silurian in Herefordshire. To read more about the discovery, visit the BBC Hereford and Worcester Website.

For more information about the local geology in Herefordshire, visit Our Earth Heritage section.

Trust develops Strategic Framework

The Trust has developed a strategic framework document to help focus our work over the next three years. A summary of the document is available here. If you have any questions or comments, please email us on eht@worc.ac.uk.

To view the document, you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, available for download here.