Having sorted out various formalities and liaised with the relevant bodies (including Historic Environment Scotland and the landowners, Broadland Properties), we are now ready to progress to some hands-on activity. A Plane-Tabling Survey of the site is planned for Sunday 20th and Monday 21st March. Led by volunteers from NOSAS, this non-invasive survey will allow us to plot and create an accurate drawing of the castle and is a vital precursor to any excavation. We are keen to involve interested members of the local community in this exercise. No prior experience is necessary as training will be provided; all that is required is appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear and your own refreshments. Interested volunteers should email firstname.lastname@example.org with their name, contact details and their availability/preference for the Sunday or Monday, morning or afternoon. As numbers will be limited, places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Finally, prior to the survey, we will be undertaking some limited vegetation removal. If you are interested in volunteering your time and tools, please drop us an email. Alternatively (and weather permitting), we will be leading supervised clearing parties on the site on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March between 10.30 and 16.00 and would welcome volunteers.