All high level stone work has been completed and a “soft capping” of turf placed on the wall tops to reduce the effects of extremes of weather and to make the removal of invasive plants, such as buddleia easier in the future. Scaffolding has now been removed to allow work on the ground level stonework.
Planning approval has been received and contracts let for the new internal walkway that will give the public access inside the castle. The walkway will sit on pad-stones constructed from stone from the castle that had fallen onto the beach many years ago. This stone was kindly retrieved by a 60 man (and woman) team from 10 Field Squadron of the Royal Engineers on a very wet and windy September day. When all the works, including the new internal and external floodlighting, are complete in the early part of 2012 the hoarding and fencing will be finally removed to give free public access.