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Parliament Piece – 750th Anniversary

Parliament Piece Local Nature Reserve

Parliament Piece Local Nature Reserve

Parliament Piece Nature Reserve in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, is owned by the Open Spaces Society and managed in partnership with Warwick District Council and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. The reserve is so named because Henry III is said to have held a parliament there in 1266 during the Siege of Kenilworth. Interpretation boards at the site explain more about its history and current management.

This year the society will be participating in events to mark the 750th anniversary of the Siege of Kenilworth. This lasted for six months in 1266 and, during the siege, England was ruled from Kenilworth with Henry III residing in the town while his army fought for control of Kenilworth Castle.

The main events to commemmorate the siege take place over the bank holiday weekend, 27-29 August, and OSS will have a presence at Parliament Piece and Kenilworth Castle on Saturday 27 August. Please see the 750th anniversary souvenir programme for full details of the events taking place. Parliament Piece is listed as Item 3 of Things to see and do in 2016 on pages 6 and 8 of the programme.

 

Parliament Piece and the Open Spaces Society

Parliament Piece was given to the Open Spaces Society by the late Miss Helen Martin of The Spring in 1986. The society formed a local committee which drew up a management plan. However, caring for land from a distance is not easy and so, in 1999, the society passed the land to Warwick District Council on a 99-year lease. Now it is managed in conjunction with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust as a local nature reserve and site for pubvlic access. In September 2015 all the organisations came together to unveil the new interpretation board at the site entrance.

Representatives of the Kenilworth Lions Club, the Open Spaces Society, Warwick District Council and the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust at the new interpretation-board. Photo Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

Representatives of the Kenilworth Lions Club, the Open Spaces Society, Warwick District Council and the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust at the new interpretation-board. Photo Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

Please download our leaflet Parliament Piece and the Open Spaces Society for further information.