What's happening?

 

Each aspect of the project is going forward under professional management, but with volunteer support.

 

Major elements are:

 

Wall repair

 

Control of undergrowth and trees and nurturing of wild flowers

 

Explaining the heritage value of the site

2018 Events

Hayraking

03/31/18

10am

First Hayraking of the season, includes Tea & Coffee

No further dates

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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

a little money - a lot  of help - a huge community achievement

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