Bennachie Landscapes




Bennachie Landscape Project

The project is being developed and piloted in the area around Bennachie, “the hill” and the Garioch, “the outreach”, but is scalable to encompass the whole of the UK.

Project Intent:

1.       To encourage the public to think about the local questions they want to answer and provide them with the skills, competencies and confidence to answer them themselves or via self-organised communities. These questions may include but not be limited to the following portfolio of local public interest areas:

a.      Archaeology

b.      Local History

c.      Oral History

d.      Wildlife & Habitats

e.      Geography & Geology

f.       Arts & Crafts

g.      Land Use


2.       To foster and help people develop likeminded but inclusive social communities to:


Carry out responsible field work and record the findings to an agreed consistent methodology to allow   data comparisons between groups.

Catalogue electronically, process and make available the output from the work.

Share the findings through the web, special interest groups, presentations, exhibitions and social media.

Celebrate successes and create a sustainable legacy for the future.

Confirm that the original questions have been answered and consider other questions that they now want to answer based on the findings.



To date the focus has been primarily on archaeology and excavation of the settlement on Bennachie and at a second site at Druminnor Castle, that was entirely staffed by community members.
Oyne and Keig schools are into their third year of local landscape research around Bennachie and Kintore school is just starting its second year.

The focus for 2014 will shift away from “underground activities” and ensure that time, effort and investment is spread more evenly across all 7 of the above key areas.  In particular the project will focus on getting findings fully into the public domain so that it stimulates more public interest, provides a valuable resource for the local community and demonstrates the power of well-coordinated collaborative local volunteer effort.

The project will proactively reach out into the local community to find people of all ages and interests, with the time and the skills to help the project become more inclusive, more successful and achieve web searchable new local output across the full Bennachie Landscape portfolio.