New video: bird’s eye view of Woodbury Castle celebrates restoration success

PUBLISHED: 14:54 20 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:15 20 April 2018

A short film has been released to celebrate the end of eight months restoring the 2,500-year-old Woodbury Castle Iron Age hill fort.
In 2016, the Trust the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust secured funding from Natural England�s Countryside Stewardship scheme to carry out extensive restoration work - involving stabilising the ramparts and improving access - resulting in the site�s removal from the at Historic England�s  at risk register.

Drone images of Woodbury Castle hill fort and volunteers taking part in a sandbag filling day at the site

A short film has been released to celebrate the end of eight months restoring the 2,500-year-old Woodbury Castle Iron Age hill fort. In 2016, the Trust the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust secured funding from Natural England�s Countryside Stewardship scheme to carry out extensive restoration work - involving stabilising the ramparts and improving access - resulting in the site�s removal from the at Historic England�s at risk register. Drone images of Woodbury Castle hill fort and volunteers taking part in a sandbag filling day at the site

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A short film has been released to celebrate the end of eight months restoring the 2,500-year-old Woodbury Castle Iron Age hill fort.

A short film has been released to celebrate the end of eight months restoring the 2,500-year-old Woodbury Castle Iron Age hill fort.
In 2016, the Trust the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust secured funding from Natural England�s Countryside Stewardship scheme to carry out extensive restoration work - involving stabilising the ramparts and improving access - resulting in the site�s removal from the at Historic England�s  at risk register.

Drone images of Woodbury Castle hill fort and volunteers taking part in a sandbag filling day at the site
A short film has been released to celebrate the end of eight months restoring the 2,500-year-old Woodbury Castle Iron Age hill fort. In 2016, the Trust the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust secured funding from Natural England�s Countryside Stewardship scheme to carry out extensive restoration work - involving stabilising the ramparts and improving access - resulting in the site�s removal from the at Historic England�s at risk register. Drone images of Woodbury Castle hill fort and volunteers taking part in a sandbag filling day at the site

In 2016, the Trust the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust secured funding from Natural England’s Countryside Stewardship scheme to carry out extensive restoration work - involving stabilising the ramparts and improving access - resulting in the site’s removal from the at Historic England’s at risk register.

To celebrate the end of the restoration project, the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust commissioned a short film; a bird’s eye view over the site plus an artist’s impression of what the site likely resembled 500 – 300BC, based on evidence from earlier investigations.

Kim Strawbridge, Pebblebed Heaths site manager, said ongoing public support was ‘crucial’ for the hill fort’s future preservation.

The plan is to form a volunteer archaeological monitoring scheme giving local people the chance to help with its ongoing conservation.

A short film has been released to celebrate the end of eight months restoring the 2,500-year-old Woodbury Castle Iron Age hill fort.
In 2016, the Trust the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust secured funding from Natural England�s Countryside Stewardship scheme to carry out extensive restoration work - involving stabilising the ramparts and improving access - resulting in the site�s removal from the at Historic England�s  at risk register.

Drone images of Woodbury Castle hill fort and volunteers taking part in a sandbag filling day at the site
A short film has been released to celebrate the end of eight months restoring the 2,500-year-old Woodbury Castle Iron Age hill fort. In 2016, the Trust the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust secured funding from Natural England�s Countryside Stewardship scheme to carry out extensive restoration work - involving stabilising the ramparts and improving access - resulting in the site�s removal from the at Historic England�s at risk register. Drone images of Woodbury Castle hill fort and volunteers taking part in a sandbag filling day at the site

Kim said: “It is hugely important that we do all we can so the monument can be removed from the at risk register.

“We would ask that people refrain from walking on the repairs so it is kept in good condition for people to enjoy into the future.”

The area was found to be suffering from erosion due to a high volume of visitors as well as damage from tree roots and scrub growth.

During the restoration project volunteers, community and school groups gave ‘valuable support’ filling thousands of sandbags and sowing grass seed.

Kim said: “There were a number of elements to the project including improving access to and across the site which involved installing two new sets of steps.

“The main part of the project was repairing the earthen ramparts. This was predominantly carried out by the contractors and involved significant amounts of earth being moved onto the site from a local quarry with matching geology, to shore up the banks.

“The removal of several trees across the site was also necessary in order to let more light in so grass and ground flora can flourish and in turn protect the earth works for years to come.”

Woodbury Castle, a nationally important archaeological site and prominent landmark, became a Scheduled Monument in 1923. It is owned by Clinton Devon Estates and managed by the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust and put on Historic England’s at risk register several years ago.

See the film here

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