The Minister was treated to a tour of the castle grounds to take in the essential conservation work and see the new visitor centre. The Minister also met staff from Cadwraeth Cymru, Cadw’s in-house team of conservation craft staff.
The Castle is currently undergoing conservation work to restore the walls and towers, transforming the monument whilst making the premises safer for visitors. Work is also underway to ensure that legally protected species discovered in the grounds, such as bats and a rare fern, are not disturbed during the conservation process or when the site fully reopens.
Huw Lewis said:
“This has been a fascinating afternoon. The staff here are incredibly skilled, and their passion for their craft is inspiring. The Castle is already a magnificent site, and the conservation work is set to enhance the monument for the enjoyment of generations to come.
“Conserving our built heritage can help the social and physical regeneration of an area, so I am delighted that Welsh Government funds are supporting the conservation work.”
Chepstow Castle is one of 127 ancient monuments in the care of the Welsh Government and managed by Cadw, the Welsh Governments historic environment service.
Conservation work began in March 2010 and is scheduled for completion in autumn 2012.