Summer dig plan for Bircham Newton First World War trenches

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A businessman’s dream of creating a camp site and restoring First World War practice trenches could be a step closer to becoming reality.

Nigel Day has been working hard for two years to transform the former gravel pit and woodland site at Bircham Newton into a camp site.

The plan first hit the headlines in 2012, when Mr Day revealed his plan but they could move a major step forward on Monday when his change of use planning application goes before West Norfolk Council’s planning committee.

He has applied for 12 camp site pitches, a log cabin, temporary toilet block and mobile home accommodation.

The site holds a network of overgrown First World War trenches, which Mr Day is looking to restore.

Mr Day is also appealing for help in learning more about the trenches as there are no records about them.

He said: “We would like to get amateur archaeologists to come down for a dig this summer.

“We would like to find out more about the trenches.

“We would really like to restore this piece of derelict land and make it accessible to the community and hopefully this will take it a step forward for us.”

Mr Day is also hoping to welcome schoolchildren to the site to help bring history lessons alive especially as this year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the war.

He is hoping to work with a Christians Reaching out to West Norfolk School charity.

He said: “We would like to offer school parties the chance to come around and look at the trenches.”