Each aspect of the project is going forward under professional management, but with volunteer support.
Major elements are:
Such is the affection, however, in which Smallcombe is held that a £75,000 restoration project - completed in 2017 and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), BathNES Council and the sponsors listed below - attracted many hundreds of hours of volunteer support from people and businesses across the city. Indeed, the HLF has a formula to calculate the value of such community hours, which in Smallcombe’s case amounts to £206,000.
Such was the level of popular support and the sensitivity of the restoration that Tony Crouch, World Heritage Site Manager at Bath & N E Somerset Council commented:
“A great project. Surely a ‘best practice’ model of how a community run, HLF-funded project should operate. Well done all.”
Our restoration has made for safer and easier public access. In addition, a new path links Smallcombe to National Trust land, creating a popular circular walk of especially dramatic contrasts and views, via an ancient wood and the Skyline Walk.
Smallcombe’s importance to Bath’s social history is also now revealed on-site by a series of fascinating documentary films.
We hope you will be inspired to visit this most beautiful of places and perhaps make a donation towards its ongoing care. Indeed, we hope our story will inspire others to preserve uncared-for green spaces in Bath and beyond.
Steve Kerss, Project Director