A FESTIVAL is being held to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the finding of Britain’s most famous bog body, Lindow Man.

Plans have already been unveiled to preserve the picturesque bog for future generations.

Discover Lindow 2024 is a festival of events, including walks, art activities, talks, workshops and exhibitions, running from May to December.

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A community grant of £12,945 has been awarded to Transition Wilmslow on behalf of local community group collective Discover Lindow.

The events aim to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the finding Lindow Man.

People will be encouraged to discover and enjoy Lindow Moss and its unique archaeological, historical and ecological heritage as its restoration commences.

Town mayor Cllr Jon Newell, said: “We are delighted to sponsor Discover Lindow 2024.

“The Town Council has been involved in various Lindow Moss projects, including being one of the founding members of the recently-formed Lindow Moss Landscape Partnership and funding the appointment of Groundwork, who recently received a grant of £250,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund on behalf of the Lindow Moss Landscape Partnership.

“We recognise how important the moss is and are grateful to Transition Wilmslow and the partnering Discover Lindow groups, who have put so much time and effort into planning and organising a wide variety of events to mark this significant year.

“We encourage residents to look at the vast programme of events and get involved in Discover Lindow 2024, there is an event for everyone.”

The Discover Lindow events are organised by Transition Wilmslow, who are working with several local groups, including the Wilmslow Neighbourhood Plan Implementation Group, Wilmslow Civic Trust, Wilmslow Guild for Lifelong Learning, Wilmslow Library and the newly formed Lindow Moss Partnership and Friends of Lindow Moss. Other event supporters are Manchester University, MMU, Manchester Museum and the British Museum (current home of Lindow Man).

The council grant will fund the design of online and printed information and maps for a new 3.5-mile Lindow Moss Heritage walk.

It will also fund an animated family-friendly version of the walk, featuring performers, sound and entertainment.

The grant will go towards the cost of designing and printing an art trail map for ‘Art on the Moss’, plus funding materials for the willow and woodwork art installations.

A bioblitz and plant hunt event and promotional materials will also be supported by the council donation.

Art materials will also be provided for a collaborative art project by students from all primary schools and Wilmslow High School, which will be placed temporarily on Lindow Moss as part of Art on the Moss.