HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND

  

Our Application Background

  

In March 2016, we were successfully awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant of £97,000 to:

  • Restore the fallen East Wall.
  • Interpretation boards for better information.
  • Heritage learning activities  which will include horticulture courses, Natural Heritage/environmental education  activities for Families and Children.
  • A user friendly booklet on the history of the Bohemia Victorian Walled Garden ,Bohemia Estate/Briscoe family  ...past to present.
  • Open events  to include  workshops on  traditional skills ( Weaving and Spinning)   Heritage Apple day  and other history, natural heritage and horticulture talks.
  • A path for better access.

View our application on the Heritage Lottery Fund Web site

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

  

Our Project Plan from May 2016 – Sept 2018

  

2016

Time Scale Activity

Spring/Summer 2016

Completed

  

  

  

Natural heritage /environmental workshops
Research and workshops for active learning for children and families on the garden and woods biodiversity. The information gained to be used on the Interpretation boards and worksheets and posted on the web site. Click here for pictures and report.

  

May to

September 2016

Completed 

  

  

  

History Booklet
Research and publication of a user friendly history of the Bohemia Victorian Walled garden, Bohemia Estate and the Brisco family. Natural heritage of the garden and woods. Summary of the Past the Present and hopes for the future. Cick here to view first edition.

  

September to October 2016

Completed

 

  

  

 

 

 

Completed

 

 

 

Open days and Workshops

• Heritage Open Day - Sun 11th Sept 10am to 4pm

Talks history of garden and launch of booklet. Natural heritage activities, Victorian games from 'Hahahopscotch'. Talk about Kitchen gardens. Click here for photos.

• Pumpkins and Heritage Apples - Sun 23rd Oct 10am to 4pm


Pumpkin carving. Talks, cooking, and apple juicing. Click here for photos.

 

 2017

Time Scale Activity

August to October 2017

Completed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interpretation Board and Way-markers Design
Informed by Natural Heritage workshops and to explain the history of the garden and area, natural heritage information, with a map. There will be a separate section for notices of upcoming events.

 

Local artist Nick Meech presented his designs for the way-markers and used some local wood to make them. Nick also ran three wood work sessions. These were for a local charity (Education Future's Trust), one for a Home Education Group and lastly at the garden's annual Pumpkin Day in October. Click here for pictures.

 

November

2017

Completed

 

Build and installations

Installation of the interpretation boards and way-markers.

 

 

March to

September

2017

Completed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horticulture workshops

We ran these on horticultural methods to suit the garden environment.

 

Thu 9th

March             

 

What to grow, when and how. Soil and propagation.

Click here for pictures.

 

Thu 16th

March 

 

Bugs, Rotation of crops, diseases and control.

 

 

Thu 23rd

March

 

Companion planting, Wildlife gardening and flower growing.

 

Thu 30th

March

 

 

Alternative ideas: Gardening upwards in small plots (requested); Premaculture ideas like no dig and forest gardening; 3 Sisters crop system.

 

An evaluation was done after the workshops in March. Those attending were asked what they felt they had learn and achieved.

 

Sun 15th

Oct

 

 

 

 

A plot-holders gathering in October was a follow up to the workshops , a shared lunch and a talk by local Permacultre expert Anna Locke. This was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund grant. Click here for pictures.

 

 

Click here for a list of the books and web site references used during these workshops.

 2018

Time Scale Activity

April to

September

2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build and installations

The building of the fallen east wall has been delay due to additional structural work being required to join to the south wall. The exact date of the build commencing will be weather dependant.

 

Building of the path from the Summerfields Leisure Centre through the woods to the garden entrance will be start after the wall rebuild is completed.

 

Autumn 2018

 

 

 

  

Celebration Event to include Traditional skill workshops

(e.g. Spinning and basket making)
On completion of the wall, path and interpretation boards installation there will be a celebration of the project.

 

Autumn 2018

 

 

 

History Booklet

An updated edition of the History Booklet will be produced to show the whole HLF project when it is concluded.

 

Updated 28/11/2017

 

Throughout the life of the project we will issue evaluation questionnaires, film and photograph developments and document progress. This web site will be updated during the project.