East Peak Innovation Partnership (EPIP)
Penistone Town Hall, Shrewsbury Road
Penistone, S36 6DY

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East Peak Innovation Partnership

Saving Wortley's Walled Garden

Work has recently begun to restore the two hundred year old walls of Wortley Hall’s walled garden to maintain the garden for future generations.
 
Since 2004, the walled garden has been managed by Heeley City Farm and has been transformed from an unused space into a productive organic kitchen garden with volunteering and training opportunities for the local community. The walls of the garden have long been in a bad state of repair, but thanks to recent East Peak Innovation Partnership (EPIP) funding, work has begun to save the walls with local people helping out and learning new skills in conservation work.
 
The walls were originally built around 1800 and were designed with hot flues to heat the walls and the greenhouses in order to provide the hall with fruit, vegetables and flowers all year round.
 
Volunteer, Kyle Wright from Stocksbridge (pictured), has been working on the wall restoration. ‘I am discovering new techniques to accomplish restoration work on the walls and getting a sense of achievement in helping to stop the walls from falling down.’
 
 Wall restoration
Project worker, Jo Townshend said, ‘This is a great project giving local people the opportunity to learn specialist skills in bricklaying and conservation work.’
 
Volunteer days are on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10.30am-4pm throughout the summer. There are volunteer opportunities in wall conservation work and organic food growing. For more information, please contact Jo, email jo@heeleyfarm.org.uk or call 0114 2580482.

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