A 2,500-year old castle near Exmouth needs your help

PUBLISHED: 13:00 01 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:00 01 November 2017

A family-friendly sandbags and soup event will give an insight into ways to care for an ancient hill fort at Woodbury Castle.
The event, on Saturday, November 4, 10am until 1pm, invites volunteers to learn about the project over a cup of soup, and lend a hand filling sandbags and spreading grass seed to help repair erosion.
Artist impressions by Devon illustrator Jane Read

A family-friendly sandbags and soup event will give an insight into ways to care for an ancient hill fort at Woodbury Castle. The event, on Saturday, November 4, 10am until 1pm, invites volunteers to learn about the project over a cup of soup, and lend a hand filling sandbags and spreading grass seed to help repair erosion. Artist impressions by Devon illustrator Jane Read

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“Woodbury Castle is a much-loved landmark and we want to give people the opportunity to learn about the monument and the chance to work with us to carry out these vital works,” said the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust.

A family-friendly sandbags and soup event will give an insight into ways to care for an ancient hill fort at Woodbury Castle.
The event, on Saturday, November 4, 10am until 1pm, invites volunteers to learn about the project over a cup of soup, and lend a hand filling sandbags and spreading grass seed to help repair erosion.
Picture caption: Kim Strawbridge Site Manager for the Pebblebed Heaths, Mike Pearce, Natural England Lead Advisor and Martin Banks owner of Banks Construction who will be conducting the workA family-friendly sandbags and soup event will give an insight into ways to care for an ancient hill fort at Woodbury Castle. The event, on Saturday, November 4, 10am until 1pm, invites volunteers to learn about the project over a cup of soup, and lend a hand filling sandbags and spreading grass seed to help repair erosion. Picture caption: Kim Strawbridge Site Manager for the Pebblebed Heaths, Mike Pearce, Natural England Lead Advisor and Martin Banks owner of Banks Construction who will be conducting the work

A family-friendly sandbags and soup event will give an insight into ways to care for an ancient hill fort at Woodbury Castle.

The event, on Saturday, November 4, 10am until 1pm, invites volunteers to learn about the project over a cup of soup, and lend a hand filling sandbags and spreading grass seed to help repair erosion.

The help will aid the ongoing restoration and management of East Devon’s 2,500-year-old Iron Age hill fort, Woodbury Castle.

The nationally important archaeological site is owned by Clinton Devon Estates (CDE) and managed by the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust. Restoration work to conserve and protect the prominent landmark began in September.

Kim Strawbridge, site manager for the Pebblebed Heaths, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity to celebrate the heritage of this landmark within the heaths.

“Our guided walks have been well received by the public and we hope that more people will come along to learn about this special monument and why the works are so important to securing its future.

“Woodbury Castle is a much-loved landmark and we want to give people the opportunity to learn about the monument and the chance to work with us to carry out these vital works.

“We would also like people to help us protect not only the hill fort, but all the archaeological features on the Pebblebed Heaths into the future, and so we hope to establish a volunteer archaeological monitoring scheme to give local people with an interest in archaeology the opportunity to be involved in ongoing conservation work.”

The Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust and CDE said public support was ‘crucial’ to the long-term success of the project and future conservation of the hill fort.

Further events at the site include free guided walks; the next will be held on Tuesday, November 21.

A spokesperson for Clinton Devon Estates said: “People are now being given the opportunity to help with essential ongoing conservation work and be part of a volunteer archaeological monitoring scheme.

“The hope is that a team of volunteers will be established to carry out annual monitoring of archaeological features across the heaths and assist with the ongoing management of the hill fort, such as scrub management.

“School children have also benefited from educational visits to learn about the hill fort and the importance of its preservation, and schools are invited to arrange their own visits with the Trust.”

For more information, or to arrange a visit, call 01395 443881.

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