A great day was had by all yesterday when the sun shone down on us as we cleared the vegetation around the ruins of Newbyres Castle. There was a good turnout of volunteers including archaeology students from Edinburgh University and several men from Midlothian Council who tackled the more intimidating brambles at the back of the garden.
It is now clear enough for Piers Dixon, an archaeologist from Historic Environment Scotland, to come and assess what other structures might have surrounded the castle.
After a delicious lentil soup made by Michaela back at the trust office, Cara Jones, from Archaeology Scotland, gave us a fascinating talk about their organisation and in particular the Adopt-a-Monument scheme of which Newbyres Castle is part of.
Thanks to all who helped.
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