The Trustees of Hill Close Gardens Trust are pleased to announce the award by Heritage Lottery Fund of a £78,000 grant towards the Trust’s project “Transforming the Visitor Experience” (TVE).

The total value of the project is £ 167,744, and the Trustees are grateful to Warwick District Council, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Warwick Town Council, and the Warwick Society for their partnership funding. The Trust is particularly appreciative of the Trust’s members, who have pledged over £ 15,000 to support this project. Fund raising continues, and donations are still welcomed.

TVE has three strands:

• Construction of a new Visitors’ Room extension to the Visitor Centre. The new room will be named the Bleasdale Room in memory of Professor John Bleasdale, our founder Chairman. Completion by Summer 2019,

• Provision of state of art interpretation to help everyone to enjoy the unique history of our Gardens and their horticulture. Completion by Autumn 2019.

• Two year part time employment of a Community Engagement Worker to reach out to our neighbours, draw in new members, volunteers and visitors, and strengthen community cohesion. Completion by Summer 2021.

Rosemary Mitchell, Trustee, said: “This long-awaited development will secure the future of our Gardens by giving all our visitors and members their own dedicated space, comfortable, informative and entertaining. At present they share our Lammas Room with other users. The Lammas Room is increasingly popular for business use, as well as for community groups and family events. It has become Warwick’s Village Hall, and will now be even more available for such use. Revenue from its users plays a significant role in maintaining and developing our Gardens.

We will do our utmost to ensure that the construction works cause minimal disruption to our visitors and neighbours.”

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