October 9th 2020

Boundary Way Project Culture Recovery Fund Success

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We are delighted to be announcing the Boundary Way Project's success in attaining funding from the Government's Culture Recovery Fund. We will be using the funding to continue the development of a virtual learning programme that valuably explores creative ways of connecting with the natural world in current times and beyond.

To tell you a bit more, we've included our Press Release in this blog post for you to read, we hope you enjoy it and will celebrate this wonderful success for the allotment with us.

Boundary Way Allotment and Community Garden in Wolverhampton receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund - Almost 450 heritage organisations in England, including an arts and heritage project at Boundary Way have been awarded cash from the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

  • Grants of up to £1 million will deliver a lifeline for the heritage sector in England with further support to follow and larger grants for capital projects awarded through the Heritage Stimulus Fund
  • First major tranche of funding from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund

The Boundary Way Project is one of 445 heritage organisations across the country set to receive a lifesaving financial boost from the government thanks to the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help them through the coronavirus pandemic. 445 organisations will share £103 million, including the Boundary Way Project to help restart vital reconstruction work and maintenance on cherished heritage sites, keeping venues open and supporting those working in the sector. The Boundary Way Project has received funding which will support the development of a virtual learning programme that explores creative ways of connecting with the natural world. This vital funding is from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage and the Heritage Stimulus Fund - funded by Government and administered at arms length by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Both funds are part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund which is designed to secure the future of Britain’s museums, galleries, theatres, independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues with emergency grants and loans. ! Blooms on The Allotment Summer 2020[/caption] 433 organisations will receive a share of £67 million from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage to help with costs for operating, reopening and recovery. This includes famous heritage sites across the country, from Wentworth Woodhouse in Yorkshire to Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, Blyth Tall Ship to the Severn Valley Railway, the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincolnshire to the Piecehall in Halifax. The funds will save sites that are a source of pride for communities across the country. 12 organisations, including English Heritage, Landmark Trust, Historic Royal Palaces and the Canal and River Trust, will receive £34 million from the Heritage Stimulus Fund to restart construction and maintenance on cherished heritage sites to preserve visitor attractions and protect livelihoods for some of the most vulnerable heritage specialists and contractors in the sector. The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) has also been awarded a grant from the Culture Recovery Fund through Historic England. The AHF will use the funding to support charities and social enterprises occupying historic buildings to develop new business plans and strategies for organisations affected by the pandemic. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “As a nation it is essential that we preserve our heritage and celebrate and learn from our past. This massive support package will protect our shared heritage for future generations, save jobs and help us prepare for a cultural bounceback post covid.” Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator, Historic Royal Palaces, said: “There’s no truer way to experience the past than to walk in the footsteps of those who have lived it – that’s why preserving our built heritage is so important." “At Historic Royal Palaces, we care for six nationally significant buildings, opening them to the public and preserving them for future generations. Sadly, the pandemic meant that we had to stop some of our critical conservation work. The grant we have received from the Culture Recovery Fund will enable to this work to resume – so we can give some of Britain’s most historic buildings the care and attention they deserve, while supporting the specialist craftspeople who are vital for the future of our national heritage. We are enormously grateful to the Government for this support.” Moya Lloyd, Boundary Way Project lead said: “We’re thrilled to receive this award which will make it possible to forge new ways of connecting with people during social distancing - as well as supporting wellbeing by helping people to connect with the natural world. Boundary Way Project is supporting a cultural recovery in Wolverhampton by developing new ways of working online. Plans include a virtual artist residency and a learning resource that brings to life the interconnection between plants, trees and fungi.” Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the National Lottery Heritage Fund said:"It is absolutely right that investing in heritage should be a priority during this crisis and this support by Government is crucial. Heritage creates jobs and economic prosperity, is a major driver for tourism and makes our towns, cities, and rural areas better places to live. All of this is so important for our wellbeing and will be particularly vital when we start to emerge from this incredibly difficult time." “Our heritage is still facing a perilous future – we are not out of the woods yet. But this hugely welcome funding from Government, and the money we continue to invest from the National Lottery, has undoubtedly stopped heritage and the organisations that care for it being permanently lost.” Kate Mavor, Chief Executive of English Heritage, said: “This support for our nation’s heritage is fantastic news. Over the last few months, our teams have been working hard to welcome visitors back safely to the great castles, stone circles, abbeys and historic houses in our care. This funding will help us invest to safeguard the historic fabric of these much-loved places, which everyone can learn from and enjoy.” - - - - - -

Thank you for taking the time to read our press release, we hope you are just as excited as we are to see this funding preserve and celebrate the heritage of the allotment and community garden. You can find out more about our current virtual programme in this blog post.