THE GARDENERS' HOUSE PROJECT
Helping our gardens grow.......
A New Botanical Learning Centre
Heart of Penzance
The Morrab Botanical Gardens is a beautiful subtropical garden in the heart of Penzance. Nestled in the grounds sits the practically derelict, former stables building...
The Gardeners' House Project will be a new learning centre for botanical and horticultural projects, which will include a natural history reading room, meeting rooms, and a communal learning activity space.
Since 2016 a community based group consisting of local groups, charities and small businesses have come together to raise funds to save and repurpose a much loved but neglected building in the beautiful Morrab Gardens in Penzance.
In November 2017 the team obtained a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £70,000 to complete the planning and development stages. Having achieved Hypatia Trust, having spent a further £50,000, are now in the process with the joint partners of raising a further £400,000 to add to the projects final target of £1 million plus.
When we successfully achieve this match funding goal, it will unlock a further £800,000 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to carry out the extensive building work and fund community activity programmes planned for when the building opens which will see it well into the future.
With further fundraising and additional grants, this total budget of £1 million plus will be achieved.
"This is a really big project for a small town like Penzance,
and will provide benefits for years to come".
ABOUT THE PROJECT...
AIMS OF THE GARDENERS' HOUSE
The Gardeners' House will provide educational and training opportunities and also house the Hypatia Natural History Collection – a special collection and women’s archive of – books, papers and ephemera showing the engagement of women in recording the botanical, horticultural, photographic and artistic nature of the Cornish landscape.
It will create a warm and engaging space for clients of the Pengarth Day Centre and a base for the volunteers of the Friends Of Morrab Gardens whilst also benefiting the wider Penzance and Cornish communities and welcome botanical and horticultural national and international visitors.
What our supporters say.............
“This purpose-built space for the gardeners and volunteers genuinely gives me hope and confidence in the future of the gardens. The building is an integral part of the garden and needed saving. This gives people the opportunity to find out more about the rare and varied plants we have here, and I am especially delighted to have indoor space for our teaching groups.”