Green's Windmill Trust in Sneinton, Nottingham has secured a £46,000 grant from Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.
The project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Cultural Facilities theme, is creating an educational and recreational garden attached to the existing working windmill and science centre on site.
Green's Mill is a unique site which has been open to the public since 1985. It is both a working mill, producing award winning flour, and a science centre commemorating the scientist George Green who lived at the Mill in the 1800s. The windmill is a popular destination with local schools and community groups, attracting more than 20,000 thousand visitors each year. The site is used to explore science, mathematics, nature, flour production and baking.
Using feedback from visitors, the project has already begun to enhance the facilities for groups visiting the mill. More than 80 volunteers from the local community have been employed through local business days, regular gardening groups and 'back to work' programs to help to carry out the restoration of the garden. When completed, the space will include vegetable growing areas and a building reflecting what would have been on the site in the 1800s; a wildlife area to demonstrate how the local community can provide for wildlife in their own gardens; and an area to show how flour and bread is produced 'from field to plate'.
Rachael Hemmings, Project Coordinator, said:
“This community garden will enhance the work carried out by the Mill, bringing more people to the site to experience the wider picture of flour production; in the Victorian Allotment we will grow grains that reflect what goes into the mill, alongside heritage fruit and vegetables.”
Melvin Johns, Volunteer, said:
“I like volunteering outside. I have just started volunteering here at this new project, I really like helping make the decisions about what to grow and where it will be grown. I am looking forward to making our first breads and showing people around.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“This project is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve local spaces for the community. The work carried out at Green’s Windmill is not only safeguarding this rich cultural history, but it will really involve the local community – inspiring volunteers as well as creating a fantastic experience for visitors.”