Our work

Nature on your doorstep

Four busy bee hives in the Nuttery © WOH

Four busy bee hives in the Nuttery

The Friends of Washington Old Hall have been granted £54,500 by the Heritage Lottery Fund for a major conservation project here at Washington Old Hall. Over the next three years we’ll be working on creating a sustainable home for lots of different wildlife. In particular we hope to promote a healthy biodiversity and attract pollinating insects like bees.

 

Promoting the importance of wildlife

White letter hairstreak butterfly spotted in July © Ellaine Hush

White letter hairstreak butterfly spotted in July

Our gardens are free to enter and situated in the middle of Washington Village Conservation area. Within walking distance of hundreds of homes this is an ideal spot to share the beauty of wildlife.
By caring for our natural heritage we hope to create an interest and understanding 'the nature on your doorstep'

 

Opportunities to get involved

Guided tour of our Nature conservation work in the Nuttery © WOH

Guided tour of our Nature conservation work in the Nuttery

There will be many opportunities for volunteers, community groups and visitors to get involved through events, activities and short skills courses. We will be working with Sunderland based environmental charity CEED (Community Environmental Educational Developments) to deliver many of the activities over the three years.

The painting's back with us now looking brighter than ever

The painting's back with us now looking brighter than ever

Painting Conservation

See one of our most sumptuous paintings as it is cleaned and given a new lease of life.
Fruit and Vegetables with Figures in the Background in the style of Pieter Aertsen is on loan to us from Bowes museum. In the winter of 2012 the painting went back to Bowes for some love and attention and expert cleaning. After being part of the delicious Feast Your Eyes exhibition at Bowes it was returned to our paneled room brighter than ever.
 

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