It may have helped ward off attackers, but the moat at Tattershall Castle was no match for staff from a Lincolnshire organisation.
Twelve intrepid workers from the Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) have cleared the moat as part of this year’s ‘Make A Difference’ campaign.
The staff donned their wellington boots and grabbed spades and forks to help remove overgrown bullrush and sedge weed.
It was part of on-going efforts to improve the flow of water and restore the moat to its former glory.
Jody Raggo, Volunteering Officer and organiser of the event, said: “We were looking at projects for this year’s ‘Make a Difference campaign’ and everyone agreed on helping out at Tattershall Castle.
“It is not every day you can say that you have stood in a historical moat - let alone help maintain the grounds of a 15th century castle.”
The team said they had ‘lots of fun’ and were well looked after by castle staff.
Mr Raggo added: “We were even lucky enough to find a piece of Medieval pottery as well.”
Charlotte Stockdale, Project Manager (Volunteer Recruitment and Development) at Tattershall Castle, said: “The work LCVS have done for us is fantastic.
“The team’s enthusiasm and hard work has really made a difference, helping us with the difficult task of clearing the moat as well as engaging with our visitors.
“Thank you very much for all your commitment and teamwork.
“People are already noticing the results.”
Chris Latham, Conservation Manager for Tattershall Castle, said: “Many thanks to the LCVS for all their hard work.
“It was truly appreciated and has made a major in-road into my project for that side of the site.”
*If anyone is interested in making a difference by volunteering at Tattershall Castle - or in their local community - they contact the East Lindsey Volunteer Centre, part of Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service, on 01507 613080 or email@example.com.