Market Gardening Heritage project gets underway

Funded by the National Lottery Published Thursday, 7th February 2019

A new project exploring and celebrating the market gardening heritage of the Vale of Evesham is now underway and looking for volunteers.

Funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund is allowing the market gardening industry that thrived in the Vale of Evesham until the mid-20th century to be recorded, shared and celebrated.

The project is being run by Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service, in partnership with Cleeve Prior Heritage Trust, Vale Landscape Heritage Trust and the Worcestershire Farmsteads Project. 

The key focus of this two year Heritage Lottery Funded project is local memories and buildings, as both are at risk of soon being lost without record.

A survey to record surviving buildings that once lined the end of allotments (locally known as hovels) is already underway thanks to the work of volunteers. The survey will cover 11 parishes in the area.

Alongside the physical remains of market gardening, there are stories to uncover and memories to capture.

Volunteers to help research lost tales and record recollections of market gardening, or those with memories they would like to share, should get in touch with Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service.

Volunteer research training is taking place on Saturday 23rd February 10am-12pm in Worcester, and Thursday 25th April, 2-4pm in Evesham.

An oral history workshop is also taking place on Saturday 23rd February, 1-4pm in Worcester.

For further details please email explorethepast@worcestershire.gov.uk or phone 01905 766352.