Trent & Peak awarded Heritage Lottery Fund to investigate Grade II gardens
York Archaeological Trust’s Nottingham office, Trent & Peak Archaeology, have been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund to undertake a community research project at the St. Ann’s allotments in Nottingham.
‘Dig for Victory’, a partnership with the St Anns Allotments Association, aims to understand how patterns of occupation and cultivation have changed within the inner city site from the medieval period onwards. The project involves setting up a GIS database, pilot shovel testing for artefacts and a trial excavation of a 19th century well system.
Gareth Davies, Project Manager for Trent and Peak Archaeology says, “St. Anns allotments are a Grade II listed registered park and garden. and are the largest town gardens in the country. We hope to track down interesting artefacts that can help to tell the stories of individuals and communities, for example, during the 1860’s a number of people were actually living on the site and obtaining water from a complex well system that tapped into spring lines in the area. This work will all be undertaken by the St. Anns allotment community and other local volunteers.”
The total value of the grant is £17,000, of which £6,000 is allocated to the archaeology. The project will last one year.