Melissa and Miki of The Hypatia Trust have worked hard to get some great coverage of the Gardeners’ House Project in the February edition of Cornwall Today (pp 82-84). The project is centred on restoration of the stables in Morrab Gardens, and aims to create a community resource and learning centre focusing on Cornwall’s significant contribution internationally to natural history and the environment. Development funding of up to £70,100 has been awarded to help the Hypatia Trust (Registered charity 1060663) to progress plans to apply for a full grant at a later date.
The Stable Block would have had an important part in the running of the household when Morrab House was built as a private residence in the middle of the nineteenth century. It has had a number of uses over the years, and is currently the base for the garden team in the Morrab Gardens. Read more about the history of the Stable Block.
The Gardeners’ House Project will restore and renovate the building to create a good working environment and equipment store for the garden team. But more than that, it will provide educational and training opportunities and house the Hypatia Natural History collection – a special collection and women’s archive – books, papers and ephemera showing the engagement of women in recording the botanical, horticultural, photographic and artistic nature of the Cornish landscape. It will create a warm and welcoming space for clients of the Pengarth Day Centre and benefit the Penzance and Cornish communities as well as its wider botanical and horticultural national and international visitors. Read more about the Gardeners’ House Project, and how you can help.