Calverley: Consultation launched to create new community garden

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Boost: Historic Calverley Old Hall.

The owners of historic Calverley Old Hall have launched a consultation to help shape plans for a new community garden at the site of the Grade One Listed building.

Thanks to National Lottery funding, the Landmark Trust is creating a brand-new garden at Calverley Old Hall for the community to use, and needs your help.

As part of the restoration of the historic buildings and grounds, Landmark trust created a new community space which will be available for hire. Alongside the new indoor space, they will also be creating a new community garden which will be available for use more generally by the local community, free of charge.

A spokesperson said: “We would like to ensure that the garden becomes a real asset to the community and is valued for years to come. With this in mind, we feel that it is important for the garden to be designed with the community’s needs in mind, with direct input from those who will become the end users of the garden, the local community.

“We are therefore inviting our neighbours in and around Calverley to contribute ideas for the design of the space.”

More details on how to have your say can be found here. Responses by post or email by Friday, 29 March.

Calverley Old Hall is a medieval Manor House, with parts of it dating back to the 12th century.

It has been everything from a grand manor house for the Calverley family, complete with its own chapel, to a farm and cottages, before falling into disrepair, with thieves helping themselves to stone, and landing on English Heritage’s ‘At Risk’ register.

A successful Landmark Trust bid to the National Lottery secured £1.6million in 2022 to transform the entire building into a space for up to ten people to stay.

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