Medieval garden opens to the public

A Medieval-style garden which has been in the pipeline for six years has been opened to the public.

The garden in the grounds of Chichele College in Higham Ferrers has been developed by Higham Ferrers Tourism, Business and Community Partnership.

The project has been funded through the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces initiative.

People from all walks of life in Higham Ferrers, from members of a local U3A group to local schoolchildren, have all been involved with helping to making the new-look garden a reality.

People turned out to see how much hard work had been put into the project at the garden’s grand launch on Saturday, June 2.

Gwen Tobin from Higham Ferrers Tourism, Business and Community Partnership said: “We are absolutely delighted. It’s emotional because we have been working on it for such a long time.

“I think the best thing is there’s a sense of general ownership of the garden 

Anne Dodson, who organised the volunteers who did the work, said: “It’s an on-going thing.

“We hope in three years or so it will be absolutely fantastic. It’s looking good.”

David Whitmill, Andy Whitmill and Helen Eales have paid for a bench which will 
be placed in the garden in memory of their mother Marilyn Whitmill, who died last year.

Andy Whitmill said: “She loved Higham Ferrers and this is a real oasis of Higham Ferrers history, it’s a place she would have really liked.”

Sylvia Eady, of Meadow View, Higham Ferrers, said: “I think the garden is wonderful and so much hard work has gone into it.

“The garden committee has worked tirelessly and children have come and planted the bulbs.”

Higham Ferrers mayor Sheila Mantle said: “They have done a lot of hard work and 
with the money from the 
lottery they have worked wonders.”