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Dumpdon Hill



Historic hill fort project to begin

Work will be starting soon on a project to safeguard the archaeology of Dumpdon Castle hill fort, near Honiton.

The National Trust, working closely with the Luppitt Commoners, which has common rights over the castle and supported by a Higher Level Stewardship grant from Natural England, is starting a three year project to remove encroaching scrub, restore the beech grove on the top, and to carry out a geophysical survey to find out more about the history of the fort, and ensure that the archaeology is protected for future generations.

​National Trust head ranger Pete Blyth said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to both improve the hill fort for today's users but also to ensure that the historical landscape and wildlife are there for our children to enjoy. We are very grateful to Natural England for their generous support of this project and to English Heritage and The Forestry commission who have given us all the necessary permissions and advice.

"We are doing all the scrub clearance work in winter months so as to prevent it having an impact on nesting birds, and minimise disruption for visitors and the bracken control is timed to avoid interfering with the famous display of bluebells on the west slope. The hillfort will remain open for public access throughout the work though access to small areas of the ramparts maybe restricted for safety reasons while work is actually being done on the ground."

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moss Posted by moss
15th November 2011ce

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