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Market Gardening Heritage Project hosting an Open Day on Saturday 21 August, 12-4pm

Logo Graphic for the Market Gardening Heritage Open Day. Features a background of a person sitting in a cartoon shed. Published Monday, 9th August 2021

People across Worcestershire are invited to a Market Gardening Heritage Project Open Day in the Vale of Evesham on Saturday 21 August.

Visitors will be able to discover the unsung stories, incredible feats and lasting legacy of market gardening in the Vale of Evesham by exploring three recently restored ‘hovel’ sites in Cleeve Prior and North Littleton.

The ‘hovels’ have been restored by the Market Gardening Heritage project, lead by Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service and partners, with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The open day will be the final, celebratory event for the Market Gardening Heritage Project which has been recording and celebrating this significant chapter of the ‘Vale’s’ history since 2018. Visitors will be able to see the restored hovels, hear from project volunteers, see an exhibition and read new interpretation boards.

With the help of volunteers, the MGH project team have researched the topic, recorded 15 interviews, surveyed hundreds of hovels (market gardeners sheds), and restored three hovels for people to see.

Nina O’Hare, project officer, said: “Market Gardening was an important part of the Vale of Evesham so it has been good to ensure it is remembered for the future. It’s been a really exciting project, and it has been great to record memories, gather information and photos. We are excited to be able to share what we have found with people at the Open Day, and to show off the restored hovels with the new information boards.”

The sites at Cleeve Prior and North Littleton will be open between 12-4pm with short talks on the half-hour, refreshments and an exhibition of photos and local memories.

Councillor Matt Dormer, Cabinet Member with Responsibilities for Communities said: “The Market Gardening Heritage project has provided an incredible insight into the vibrant history of the Vale of Evesham. The open day on 21 August gives residents and visitors a fantastic opportunity to see this project come to life.”

Full details can be found on the Worcestershire Archives & Archaeology Eventbrite Page.

To avoid disappointment, customers are advised to pre-book tickets for the talks but it is not essential.

For more information about Worcestershire Archives and Archaeology Service email explorethepast@worcestershire.gov.uk or ring 01905 766352.