Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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ERA to support Eastcote House Gardens with £1k donation

Following our exclusive story last month, revealing that the Heritage Lottery Fund has accepted the £1.28m bid to help restore Eastcote House Gardens, the ERA are delighted to announce that they have pledged £1,000 towards the funding volunteers need to raise as a condition of the Lottery bid.

The Friends of Eastcote House Gardens have been working tirelessly and recently announced that they have raised over £12,000, but crucially need to raise another £13,000 as part of the matched funding. In addition to the cash funding, the group of volunteers have also pledged to contribute over £125,000 worth of volunteering hours to the project, giving a combined effort of £150,000 of funding towards the bid.

 

The Eastcote Residents' Association's donation of £1,000, which is included in the £12,000 total raised, will come in two instalments of £500. The first, following the formal decision by the Cabinet of London Borough of Hillingdon to formerly financially support the initiative (expected by end of Sep`13). With the remaining £500 following commencement of building work (expected July`14).

Ian Brooks, Chair of the ERA said, "This is an important project that will make a positive contribution to conserving the heritage of Eastcote; provide a useful community amenity; and enhance pride in what Eastcote has to offer. Furthermore the wide range of volunteer support is clearly acting as a catalyst for promoting community involvement which has potential to germinate within other local community projects."

The Friends of Eastcote House Gardens sent thanks to volunteers, local groups, local shopkeepers, schools, garden visitors, ward councillors and council officers, for their support. However the chair of the "Friends", Lesley Crowcroft, sent a further plea, "We still have a long way to go to reach our total, please continue to support the ‘Friends’ fund raising activities to help us reach our total".

For more information on the project, including regular bulletins (once a timeline for the works has been established), visit the new website for the Friends of Eastcote House Gardens.