Castell Henllys Iron Age Village will be opening its doors on Saturday (March 11) in a bid to form a new volunteer group that will help care for the unique heritage site reports the Milford Mercury.
An open afternoon will begin at 2pm to welcome those who are interested in volunteering some of their time and expertise to support the prehistoric site, which is owned and run by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.
Taking part in events at Castell Henllys
Castell Henllys Manager, Jenn Jones said:
“We are hoping the new group will be made up of volunteers who will be able to give a regular amount of time to help look after this special site.
“We are looking for people who will be able to assist on a practical level with tasks such as maintaining the herb garden and supporting the events held here throughout the year.
“This open afternoon will enable us to provide more detail about the volunteering opportunities that are available and also give people a chance to put forward their ideas.”
There is no need to book for this informal drop-in event and there is free parking at the site, which is located off the A487 between Newport and Eglwyswrw.
If you are interested in joining the volunteer group at Castell Henllys but are unable to attend on the day, please register your interest by calling 01239 891319 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Castell Henllys Iron Age Village visit www.castellhenllys.com
What can you find at Castell Henlys?
Castell Henllys Iron Age Village is set within thirty acres of beautiful woodland and river meadows in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
As well as being home to expertly-recreated Iron Age roundhouses built exactly where they would have stood more than 2,000 years ago, these natural surroundings are teeming with wildlife such as otters, swallows and bats. The site, its history and wildlife are explained by interpretation panels around the site.
Visitors are free to stroll along leafy woodland and riverside paths, exploring sculpture trails depicting myths and legends, passing by prehistoric breeds of livestock grazing in fields next to the path, before entering the hill fort itself. Look out for the Iron Age pigs!
Once you enter the hill fort you will see four roundhouses and a granary, which have been reconstructed on the original Iron Age foundations. Evidence for these foundations was discovered by archaeologists over a period of 26 years.
The first to be built, the ‘Old Roundhouse’ is the longest standing reconstructed Iron Age roundhouse in Britain. The last project, namely the ‘Chieftain’s House’, was completed in 2000.
Although the roundhouses are the main attraction, Castell Henllys is also home to a Visitor Centre, which includes a shop and café and interactive exhibitions. The site also includes a children’s play area and maze, as well as a riverside picnic site.
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