AN archaeological dig is underway at Herefordshire’s historic Croft Castle.

The National Trust site in Yarpole, near Leominster, has commissioned L-P Archaeology to undertake a week-long dig in the Walled Garden in search of original garden paths.

The garden forms part of the 17th century castle grounds and the dig, which started yesterday (October 12), is part of a series of works the trust will be co-ordinating over the winter to begin restoration of the Walled Garden to its former glory.

Property operations manager Ian Grafton said: “This is a great opportunity for visitors to see archaeology in action, not only will they be able to see the digging taking place but on Sunday October 16, families can come along and actually have a go, and see what the archaeologists have found.”

This dig follows a similar excavation of the Brockhampton Estate in mid-September. The Croft Castle dig is open 10am to until October 19 and normal admission prices apply.

Call 01568 782046 or visit for details.