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COMMUNITY DIG 2019  -  IT'S HAPPENING NOW!

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ANOTHER NEW VIDEO  -  WEEK ONE OF OUR BIG COMMUNITY DIG  -  THE FIRST EIGHT DAYS
Hear about our fascinating finds!

See the link on our Archaeological Dig page
 


NEW VIDEO  -  DAY ONE OF OUR BIG COMMUNITY DIG
See the link on our Archaeological Dig page

 


STOP PRESS!
ALL VOLUNTEER DIGGER PLACES TAKEN

We're pleased to report that, as of 10 May 2019, we now have the appropriate number of volunteers which we require for the forthcoming big Community Dig, which starts on Monday 13 May 2019.  We appreciate greatly the interest which has been shown to date by those who have put their names down for one or more shifts.  If, unfortunately, you've missed out on the opportunity to dig with us this time, we'll still be very happy to make your acquaintance.  Why not drop in for a visit when the dig is taking place?  And, if you wish to keep up-to-date via our occasional newsletter, or, even better, to join the Castle Trust, just drop us a line via our Contact Us page.
 


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NEWSLETTER No.16 – Spring 2019

TARBERT : OUR CASTLE OF KINGS

 

We are still fundraising to maximise the community engagement, feedback and young people’s participation in our Archaeological dig but are on course to make a start this summer as planned.

We have some 200 bookings to take part from Tarbert, Carradale, Campbelltown and Lochgilphead residents with others as far afield as Oban, East Lothian, Glasgow, Arran, Bute and York. Schools throughout Kintyre and Knapdale are to take part and all will receive basic training in Archaeological skills.

An additional benefit from the dig is the considerable publicity our village and Heritage Park has been given through the fundraising, booking and information out there in print, on the web and social media about our proposals to explore the Castle’s history in a way never before achieved.

We are again monitoring visitor numbers and the early months of the year indicate that there will be an increase in excess of 25% since we last did this in 2014 with total accessing the site exceeding 20,000 over the year.

The only downside of the increased usage of the site is the wear and tear on the access paths etc and the consequential effect on the extent and cost of maintenance.

OUR VOLUNTEERS

Helped by Tarbert academy “Rural Skills” group our volunteers continue to put in a considerable effort. We have recently created and new entrance arrangement from the village steps and are trying to achieve a donation funding level which will establish a sustainable future for the whole site and its contribution to the local economy. If anyone has any suggestions on fundraising activities we are listening !         

Next volunteer work party will NOT be first Saturday in May but will be SATURDAY 11TH MAY when we need help to set up for the dig.

Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation Charity No SC043056
Secretary / Treasurer Robert McPhail,MBE Sonamarg, Ileene Rd, Tarbert, Argyll PA29 6TU
E Mail sonamarg@btinternet.com       Tel 01880 820 643

 


 

 

             

You can now donate to project through our CROWD FUNDING portal

https://www.mypark.scot/projects/our-castle-of-kings/

 

Contractors Laing Traditional Masonry have been been working over a period of three years, with a total contract value of £750,000, to consolidate stonework on the Tower House.  This work is now complete

We are looking at new proposals for community archaeology on the site, working with Adopt-a-Monument and Kilmartin House Museum.

We have determined that twelve sheep is the ideal number for the site.  The sheep are on site for conservation grazing, and this is very effective in achieving low-maintenance cropped turf, rather than the big task of strimming, which would be the only alternative.  TCI volunteer shepherds continue to look after the flock each day.

We have a new project on land behind the Castle  -  the Castle's very own Community Woodland  -  and volunteers have completed clearing the ditch, forming the pool, planting trees, and preparing fencing and paths.

Volunteers and artists are now working on a Sculpture Walk.

This winter, we have just completed a new boardwalk, linking the Castle area to the woodland and sculpture walk, and providing a circular route to walk around the site.

Our Community Orchard is now complete.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The main access route has been upgraded, with the help of Tarbert & Skipness Community Trust (TSCT) and Paths for All.

See our menu item ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG for a summary of this new project, which is now programmed for 2019, and for which we hope to raise funds of £25,000.

The Castle property and surrounding area, which includes a Community Woodland and Orchard, is a unique heritage park, with something for everyone.

For activity information, check our Tarbert Castle Facebook page and our Twitter account.

Contract Start
Contract Start
By helicopter is the only way to lift building materials into the site
Scaffold in Position
Scaffold in Position
This is a considerable engineering exercise, as the scaffold cannot be supported from the fragile structure itself
Work Underway
Work Underway
Pointing with lime mortar to the agreed specification
Wall Heads
Wall Heads
Clay and turf capping to the wall heads
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