Volunteers' zest brings new life to Orangery

A magnificent early 19th century Orangery, that had become overgrown and disused, is on track to become a vibrant arts space for the local community thanks to a successful grant application to the Architectural Heritage Fund.

The Friends of Ingestre Orangery in Staffordshire are celebrating a Project Development Grant of £3,200 from the AHF to match fund £3,000 already received from the Heritage Lottery Fund which will pay for professional support to complete their business plan. Ingestre Orangery is part of a little known, but important estate of national historical significance, with 8 Grade I, II* and II listed buildings. The same family owned the estate for over 1000 years and contributed greatly to Staffordshire’s arts, culture and industry.  Now the Friends aim to use the space to deliver services to reduce social isolation and plan to work with local young people and families in nearby urban areas.

Gill Broadbent from the Friends of Ingestre Orangery said, ‘We are very grateful to the AHF for their help. They have supported us from the beginning of our project by providing grants together with invaluable advice and support from regional officers. We are very excited now we are almost at the delivery stage of the project”

Ian Morrison, Chief Executive of the Architectural Heritage Fund said: ‘Thanks to support from Historic England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and through a team of regional support officers we are able to help the Friends of Ingestre Orangery to care for and create a new use for a building of such important historic merit. This grant will empower the Friends who feel passionately about rescuing and restoring the space and making the Orangery an important community asset.’

Friends of Ingestre Orangery