Since we received confirmation of grant funding from Lancashire Environmental Fund we have begun work to secure and improve access to the gardens. Volunteers planted a hedge along the Meeting House Lane wall and specialist contractors have installed a handrail on the steps leading from meeting House Lane. We are currently discussing with Council Officers the options for regular opening once this work is finished.
Having met with a Heritage Lottery Fund representative, we are moving forward with a HLF application which centres on restoration of The Tasting Garden artwork and draws together other public artworks in the area. Our project will focus on recognising and developing the significance of public art in promoting an understanding of the heritage of our city. We aim to create a programme to engage the public in recognising public art, understanding its value and the need to conserve, protect and restore our arts heritage. We will be looking to provide opportunities to learn skills in horticulture and art workshops as well as lectures and research opportunities. As the application progresses we will keep members informed of specific opportunities to be involved, and of events and workshops which will be offered.
We hold work sessions in the gardens on the first Friday of each month from 9am-12 noon. We are always delighted to see members at these events so please join us for as little or as long as you feel able and we can match jobs to each volunteers’ level of experience and skill. Everyone is useful! Please note, however, that we will take a break in January and February. Our next work session will be Friday 1st December 2017 followed by Friday 2nd March 2018.
Over the coming year, the Friends of the Storey Garden continue to aim to:
• Secure funds to restore the art work and other heritage aspects of the gardens.
• Maintain the garden’s plants and wildlife
• Provide open days for schools and local people
• Raise awareness of the garden and its significance for tourism in Lancaster
• Liaise with Lancaster City Council to resolve issues of caretaking and safety in the garden
If you can help with any of these tasks, however much or little time you have, we would love to hear from you.