King-sized task for Chorley-based green firm

EXPERTS : Glendale's Shane Kinton and Craig Redfern at Lincoln Castle
EXPERTS : Glendale's Shane Kinton and Craig Redfern at Lincoln Castle
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Chorley-based green services provider Glendale has been selected to restore grounds at Lincoln Castle as part of a £22million renovation programme.

The project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will bring William the Conqueror’s fortress back to life.

Glendale’s groundwork is the final stage in the three-year Lincoln Castle Revealed project being delivered by Lincolnshire County Council, to coincide with the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta this year.

The closed castle will re-open its gates on April 1.

Glendale has only five weeks to deliver the £25,000 programme of work, which involves using specialist diggers and equipment to excavate shrubs and roots from around the castle’s perimeter.

It will also return the excavated shrub areas to turf, import fresh topsoil, and remove old benches, footpaths and stone walls from the site.

The wider project has involved opening the castle’s prison, building visitor facilities, and the creation of an underground vault which will house Lincoln’s Magna Carta, one of only four surviving original copies of the document which launched parliamentary democracy.

Andrew Trott, contract manager at Glendale, said: “We’re thrilled to be involved with such a prestigious and unusual programme of work.

“We’ve even been told we may need to be accompanied by an archaeologist while we carry out the work in case we uncover any historic artefacts, which is exciting.”