Sudeley Castle and Gardens
Help needed to unearth one of England’s last surviving Tudor gardens
History lovers are being invited to help archaeologists unearth a long-lost Tudor garden and banqueting house at Sudeley Castle.
A two-week excavation is set to take place in the grounds of the Cotswold castle in May, to further explore a site which experts believe could reveal one of England’s last surviving Tudor gardens - hidden in the castle grounds for nearly 300 years.
Initial findings at the site in October included fragments of post-medieval pottery, masonry and animal bones, consistent with garden archaeology.
Members of the public are now being invited to join a team of archaeologists from social enterprise company, DigVentures, for the excavation in May, and help uncover more of the site’s secrets.
Lisa Westcott Wilkins from DigVentures says: “This buried garden is believed to be one of England’s last surviving Tudor gardens. Most were destroyed in the 18th and 19th centuries when a popular landscaping craze swept the country. We think it is one of perhaps only two in the whole country where the original paths are still in place.”
Find out more at www.digventures.com/projects/sudeley-castle
DigVentures is a Chartered Institute for Archaeologists Registered Organisation.
To find out more about Sudeley castle visit www.sudeleycastle.co.uk