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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 February, 2005, 06:38 GMT
Volunteers clearing historic hill
Conservationists are helping clear and preserve an historic site in Cornwall.

Kit Hill, near Callington, has been shaped by more than 5,000 years of human activity, but growing vegetation needs controlling, experts say.

The area features a Neolithic Long Barrow dating back to about 3,000BC on its lower eastern slope, along with several Bronze Age barrows.

The 400-acre site is also an important habitat for wildlife, flora and fauna, much of which is protected by law.

There are also around 18 ancient burial mounds in the area, but the site needs cutting back and clearing of litter.

Cornwall County Council, which was given the site by the Duchy of Cornwall in 1985, only has one full-time worker and one part-time worker to maintain it.

Volunteers are taking part in an archaeology and conservation day on Tuesday to assist in clearing up the site.

Another archaeology and conservation day is being held on 5 March.

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