What do we need? What do we want?
The community told us the ideas they had for reviving the walled garden, and working in the space over recent years has allowed gradual consideration of what could be done if we were able to obtain capital funding.
Design sessions with participants of the garden project provided interactive and fun insight into the needs and desires of the community using the garden, and consultation with local charities and healthcare providers provided outline guidance on measures required to make the space accessible.
The listed walls in the garden are crumbling and in need of repair; many participants who wanted to access our activities over recent years couldn’t make it safely into the garden; facilities are lacking for those who are elderly, in ill health or with mobility problems to be able to safely and comfortably enjoy the space; the changing rooms building is an eyesore and in need of refurbishment or demolition.
Grants from Power To Change Bright Ideas Fund and the Architectural Heritage Fund allowed for a viability project, to develop outline plans and costings. Harrison Stringfellow Architects and Howard Miller Design drew up outline plans and specialists were engaged to undertake the various essential surveys in heritage, ecology, structural engineering and so on to allow us to assess the what is needed and what is feasible.
A permaculture consultation and design process was used throughout to consider all the elements of the space and how they can work together to best effect - for the project, the users and the environment.
There is lots of work still to do, but we hope to be in a position to apply for capital funding soon and will update any progress here.