PEOPLE from Ludlow and south Shropshire with an interest in archaeology and history have a chance to enjoy their passion.

Severn Valley Country Park is looking for budding archaeologists to take part on a community archaeology project this October as volunteers.

As part of the Severn Valley Lives in the Landscape project, professional archaeologists will be excavating the remains of Wood Cottage – which is located in Hall Close Coppice near the banks of the River Severn.

These volunteer days are free of charge and will take place on Wednesday 9, Friday 10, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October from 10am-2pm.

Community archaeology volunteers will get a hands-on practical experience of archaeology and learn new skills from professional archaeologists like, archaeological excavation, site photography, written recording, scaled drawings, levelling, and finds analysis. It will be an exciting opportunity to learn new skills and discover more about the history of the cottage and the Country Park.

Project officer for the Severn Valley Lives in the Landscape project, Sarah Croft, says there will be a real chance to make new discoveries.

“Through this excavation work we hope to uncover some hidden pieces of the human story of Wood Cottage,” she said.

“We want to paint a picture of what life was like living on the banks of the River Severn, through what we discover..”

Volunteers will need to bring lunch with them or purchase food from the visitor centre café. They will also need to wear sturdy footwear and clothing. All tools and personal protective equipment will be provided, as well as hot drinks and biscuits.

The project is supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Shropshire Council and The Jean Jackson Charitable Trust.

A maximum of five people can attend each day, and attendees must be 18. To book a place or find out more please call 01746 781192.