Archaeology and the environment

The Humber Historic Environment Record (HER) is the collection of all known heritage assets and historic landscapes within the East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull boundaries, which include archaeological sites, historic buildings and landscape features that date from the prehistoric period through to the 20th century. The Humber HER aims to record the heritage assets within our landscape.

The following are some ways in which we can help with environmental issues relating to the archaeology of an area .

Environmental stewardships

The Humber HER is the main tool used in the provision of archaeological advice to farmers and land owners regarding land management. Environmental Stewardship applications must consider the historic environment. There are various levels of schemes that may be required please contact us should you require advice.

Planting of trees

The Humber HER is the main tool used in the provision of archaeological advice on the impact of tree planting to the Forestry Commission within the East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull City boundaries. Such applications must consider the historic environment.

We provide information on the background of the archaeology for the area to be planted as well as specific information on the individual archaeological sites where appropriate.

Also, areas may be recommended to be left free of planting with a suitable margin left free to minimise the impact of root penetration on known archaeological sites.

Removal of hedgerows

We provide advice on the impact of removing hedgerows from our landscape to the Local Authorities Conservation Teams.

All planning applications should consider the historic environment, which is why we are asked to identify if a hedgerow is historic. For the purposes of the regulations, this means a hedge that is earlier than the Tithe Maps which were drawn up in the 1840s.

If a removal notice will affect a historic hedgerow we may recommend that such works are not undertaken to protect these non-renewable landscape features.

Some hedgerows date back to the times of enclosure or earlier and it is important that we try to identify any such surviving features before they are partially or fully removed from our modern landscape. We would not raise any objections to the removal of hedgerows that do not appear to be of historic importance.

However, hedgerows that overlie known archaeological sites need to be removed with due care and attention to protect the archaeological deposits that survive beneath the ground.

Archaeological monitoring may be required. View the different types of archaeological monitoring

For more information please contact us via email to archaeology@hullcc.gov.uk or telephone 01482 217 466.