Involving the community vital to Gardens’ project

Burnby Hall Gardens
Burnby Hall Gardens

Community involvement is central to the restoration project at Pocklington’s Burnby Hall Gardens.

The three-year project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, aims to conserve and renovate substantial areas of the popular visitor attraction and to raise the profile of its unique heritage.

Community engagement as part of this process will be extensive and involves:

l Creating a programme of learning and participation activities including school and adult learning programmes, events, exhibitions and workshops in the Gardens.

l Recruiting and managing a wider volunteer base to develop and deliver a programme of temporary exhibitions and guided tours.

l Supporting research related to the history of Burnby Hall Gardens and the creation of interpretive text panels and IT audio-visual interpretation within the Gardens which highlight the Stewarts’ heritage.

l To develop workshops to enhance the enjoyment of this new heritage activities programme.

Peter Rogers, assistant estate manager at the Gardens, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to enhance the heritage of the Gardens for our visitors and to attract new ones for many years to come.

“The provision of our new learning zone and the restoration of the Edwardian potting shed will create two spaces where groups of all ages can come along, learn about the Gardens and their history.”