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Heritage Open Day for Market Gardening Project

Cleeve Prior hovel before being restored Published Wednesday, 11th September 2019

A Heritage Open Day will take place as part of the Worcestershire Market Gardening Heritage Project.

The open day on Saturday 21st September will be a great opportunity to uncover the story of a market gardening time capsule hovel, one of three buildings being restored as part of the project.

There will also be an opportunity to press apples, join in a bug hunt and take a short guided walk around Cleeve Prior. Specialist tools of the trade that were used and invented by growers will also be available to view and learn about.

The event will be between 11am and 4pm at Field Barn in Cleeve Prior, WR11 8JX

Nina O'Hare, Community Project Officer at Worcestershire County Council Archive and Archaeology Service, said: "The project was sparked by the discovery of a time capsule from the area's unique market gardening heritage. Come along for a sneak preview of this hovel, before the building is restored and permanently opened to the public next summer.”

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities said; “ Our Market Gardening heritage project is a wonderful way to preserve precious memories and facts about such an important part of the region’s history. The open days and volunteer events allow us to share this local heritage and preserve it for future generations.”

The project is also seeking volunteers and more information about market gardening in the area. It was a key part of life within the Vale of Evesham throughout much of the 19th and 20th Centuries, but this heritage is rapidly disappearing.

Volunteers are required to help preserve a record for future generations and share this unique local heritage.

If you’d like to volunteer, or have any information, memories or related images, please get in touch with the Worcestershire Archives and Archaeology Team to book onto one of the following:

  • Researching local stories of market gardening – archival workshop Tuesday 2th4 September, 1:30-4pm, Evesham
  • Time capsule hovel archive – Monday 30th September, Cleeve Prior

The Marketing Gardening Heritage Project is being led by Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service and is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

For more information, please get in touch with Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service: or 01905 766352. Find out more about the project at the Explore the past website.