£2.5million for historic allotments

£2.5million for historic allotments

The Heritage Lottery Fund is giving a grant of £2.5 million to a project to conserve and restore the Saint Ann's Allotments in Nottingham.

The allotments were originally created as detached town gardens for the wealthy in 1830, and have been listed as Grade II* by English Heritage. The three sites of Saint Ann's Allotments - Hungerhill Gardens, Stonepit Coppice Gardens and Gorsey Close Gardens - contain 670 gardens. Some of the 19th century garden buildings, such as summerhouses and glasshouses, survive. The allotments provide 32 hectares of green space in what is now a deprived urban area.

The grant is being used to conserve and restore the allotments and the historic buildings on them, and to record and research them and the social history of the surrounding area.

Further information:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/nottinghamshire/7276827.stm

http://www.staa-allotments.org.uk/

http://www.hlf.org.uk/

Source: BBC News