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.

Page last updated 08 Nov 2019

Our Project Plan from May 2016 – December 2018



Time Scale Activity

April to






















The Restoration of the fallen East wall  2018
This build was delayed from 2017 and has now been completed. The build started on May 11th and was completed on June 27th. The Bohemia Walled Garden Association trustees and members are delighted with the build. The wall looks artistically pleasing, the joins of the new and existing wall are intricately made. An excellent reinstatement, that restores the garden to it’s former state as a Victorian Walled Garden and makes the garden a much safer community space.

Documents relating to the satisfaction of the build have all been completed.  

The Path Construction
The path has also been constructed. There is already positive fed back from parents of the local pre-school group who say they will be able to visit the garden for longer in the year with their buggies and young children. Comment ‘a nice path way instead of a very muddy walk.’


Please click here to view the photos of the build.

Please click here to view the build completion report.


July 2018








Activity Sheets

A set of activity sheets and a story about the animals, trees and plants in and around the garden, and in Summerfields Woods are now available to download. These have been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Click here to view the page


October 21st 2018 11 - 3pm











Celebration Event to include traditional skills workshops


The final event for the project will include a Traditional Skills day and the Celebration of the Project.

Traditional skills will include basket weaving, Spinners, woodland conservation group, and tree planting.

In the afternoon there will be a ceremony to celebrate the wall build and project. A film is being made of the wall build  will be completed that day.


Autumn 2018





History Booklet

The second edition of the booklet has been updated to include the Celebration day pictures. Click here to view online. If you would like a printed copy, please contact us via the "Contact Us" page.




Time Scale Activity

August to October 2017










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.






Build and installations

Installation of the interpretation boards and way-markers. Click here for pictures.



March to
































Horticulture workshops

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


Thu 9th



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

Click here for pictures.


Thu 16th



Bugs, Rotation of crops, diseases and control.



Thu 23rd



Companion planting, Wildlife gardening and flower growing.


Thu 30th




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






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.



Time Scale Activity

Spring/Summer 2016





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





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












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.