The Friends of Bank Hall, Bretherton

Potting Sheds Project

The Potting Sheds are a range of single storey rooms which as their name suggests were Potting Sheds used by the Gardeners at Bank Hall. They are on the outside of the North End of the Walled Garden, we are fundraising to rebuild a visitor space.
raised of £20,000 target
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Bank Hall is a 17th Century Manor House, has now been rebuilt to its former glory following a 27 year campaign by Bank Hall Action Group and Heritage Trust for the North West. The Friends of Bank Hall are the successor group to Bank Hall Action Group and a group of volunteers take care of the 19 acres of woodland garden.

The Potting Sheds at Bank Hall were built about 1928 on the outside of the former heated north wall of the walled garden. They provided the gardeners at the Hall with rooms for them to assist with their normal work in the grounds and greenhouses.

Along with the Hall, the Potting Sheds fell into disrepair though the 1980s and 1990s and currently lie in a state of dereliction.

The Potting Sheds were identified as a project to enhance the site and visitor experience, by providing a proper public entrance into the grounds and the Hall. Full funding (£96,000) to restore the sheds externally was obtained in 2013 but due to delays and complexities with the main project, we couldn't get started; funding lapsed and the project was then put on hold.

The Friends Group has raised over £10,000 so far specifically for this project, of which nearly £3,000 has been raised from our Bric-a-Brac stall at our open days. Heritage Trust for the North West are actively seeking funding but this may only be part of the funding required.

Stage 1 of the project will be to rebuild the Potting Sheds and create a visitor centre entrance to the grounds, containing an Information Centre and visitor facilities.

Stage 2 of the project will be rebuilding greenhouses on the other side of the rear wall.

If you can donate and help us with this project please, please do support us and donate via Just Giving. If you can Gift Aid your donation it will add a further 25% to your donation.

Thank you in advance for choosing to support our small charity; we are run entirely by volunteers we rely on the generosity of our visitors and supporters.

About the charity

Bank Hall is a Jacobean Manor House which had been decaying since the 1970s. However, thanks to our group of tenacious volunteers founded in 1995 to 'Save Bank Hall', a future has been secured for it. We are the Friends of Bank Hall and are fundraising so we can keep working on future phases!

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