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BBC Wales History BBC Wales History | 10:07 UK time, Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Volunteers are needed to help with a very special task at the impressive hillfort of Caer Drewyn, Corwen this week.

caer drewyn

Caer Drewyn hillfort

On Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 September, Denbighshire Countryside Service and the Heather and Hillforts Project will be carrying out erosion repair work on the 2,500-year-old monument, and are asking for help from the public with the project.

Caer Drewyn

Known locally as Mynydd y Gaer, it is unique in the area as its massive banks (ramparts) are made out of stone. Over the years these have begun to tumble down and have blocked the original entranceway.

The Repairing The Past event this September will carry out erosion repair work at the eastern entranceway by laying a membrane layer across the entranceway and covering with turf to protect the archaeology and also to make access safer.

caer drewyn

Archaeologist Erin Robinson will be on site to speak about the hillfort's history and to give a tour of the site during both days. She said:

"Mynydd y Gaer is a site which is loved by many and regularly visited. It boasts a wealth of history dating back thousands of years, being built around the time of the Iron Age 800BC-43AD and used since, including a visit from the infamous Owain Glyndwr!

"Today it is home to a range of wildlife including the yellowhammer and rare lichens. The hillfort now needs your help to ensure it can be enjoyed in the future, so we are appealing for volunteers to come and join us to help with work to help the hillfort stand for another 2,000 years."

caer drewyn

Caer Drewyn is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and this work has been approved by Cadw, the Welsh Government's historic environment service.

The conservation event will run on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 September and will meet at 10am at Corwen Leisure Centre, OS grid reference SJ068442 (or view on Google Maps).

Sensible clothing and footwear is advised along with a packed lunch and plenty of fluids. The walk up to the hillfort includes a steep steady climb.

For more information please contact the South Denbighshire Countryside Office on 01978 869619.

Further details can be found on www.heatherandhillforts.co.uk. You can also follow the Heather and Hillforts project on Twitter - @HeatherHillfort.

The three-year Heather and Hillforts Project is developing a £2.3 million initiative for upland conservation work and has received a grant of £1.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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