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Roman wall repair scheme complete

Hadrian's Wall
The section of wall was damaged by weather and grazing animals

Essential conservation work to protect a stretch of Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland has been completed.

An 800m section of the 2,000-year-old Roman wall at Great Chesters, near Haltwhistle, was in poor repair because of weather and animal grazing.

Natural England funded a £250,000 scheme at the site, which began in November and involved repair work on an adjoining dry stone wall.

The site has now been taken off English Heritage's At Risk Register.

A spokesman for English Heritage said: "The funding has helped to secure the future of both an important section of Hadrian's Wall, and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)."

Mike Collins, Hadrian's Wall archaeologist at English Heritage, added: "This section of Hadrian's Wall is a fantastic survival from our Roman past, and one which allows us to see the detail of the original Roman construction work on the wall."

Natural England worked in partnership with English Heritage, Hadrian's Wall Heritage, the Northumberland National Park and the owner of the site.

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