Florence Court Kitchen Garden restoration project timeline

Project
The restored arrangement of the Kitchen Garden

Florence Court has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £374,800 for an exciting project to restore the Kitchen Garden in the estate’s Walled Garden to its 1930s character and atmosphere. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will see the reinstatement of two glasshouses on the footprint of the two original glass structures. Florence Court has also recieved a People and Communities grant of £37,808 from National Lottery Community Fund that will provide an opportunity for the community and volunteers to engage with their local heritage.through a range of activity.

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19 Jun 19

National Lottery funding boost for Fermanagh for community hub

Florence Court has been awarded a £37,808 grant from the National Lottery Community Fund. We will use the funding to help set up a community hub within the estate. The grant is being used over two years to run activities for local people, community groups and schools, including willow weaving, a bee hotel, cooking workshops, volunteer training, work experience placements, community events, a community archaeological project, and oral history activities. The project will also work with children and teachers from local schools to develop a sensory trail. The activities will support people to make new friends, reduce stress, improve their health and wellbeing, and learn new skills.

Digging deep to uncover the history behind the Kitchen Garden at Florence Court

08 Apr 19

Florence Court secures National Lottery support to restore historic Kitchen Garden and horticultural hub

Florence Court has received a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund of £374,800 for an exciting project to restore the Kitchen Garden in the estate’s Walled Garden to its 1930s character and atmosphere. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will see the reinstatement of two glasshouses on the footprint of the two original glass structures revealed in archaeological excavations carried out by the Trust in 2014.

General Manager Jim Chestnutt, with Lead Gardener David Corscadden at the funding announcement

01 Mar 17

Kitchen Garden Development Phase

In 2017 approval and funding was given by Heritage Lottery Fund for a development phase/year to take place in the Kitchen Garden. The development phase ran throughout 2018 and was a great success. The Kitchen Garden at Florence Court welcomed the local community, schools, colleges and other welfare organisations, as well as provided volunteers with a number of horticultural qualifications. Throughout the development phase, the Kitchen Garden accommodated over 120 school children in an archaeological dig, 4kg of fruit was picked for jam-making, 5 work experience placements were provided, 55 athletes took part in a team-building day and 60 bee and bug hotels were built, with much more achieved throughout the year to name just a few.

Enjoying the Rot Pot Scavenger Hunt in Florence Court Kitchen Garden