A group of volunteers has raised £10,000 to fund the restoration of a Victorian greenhouse in the garden of Delapre Abbey, in Northampton.
At the start of the year, the Friends of Delapre Abbey group set the ambitious target to raise the money needed to restore the greenhouse, which is the last one of three in the abbey’s walled garden to be renovated.
The group organised community events and activities to help raise funds for the project, and visitors to the abbey have also been asked to make donations.
The fund has also been supported by donations from local employers, including the town’s Nationwide building society.
Nicola Hedges, chair of the Friends of Delapre Abbey said: “The generosity people have shown in helping us to raise funds has been overwhelming and goes to show how much Delapre Abbey is valued by people in Northampton.”
Work will now begin on detailed plans to bring in specialists to restore the greenhouse.
The restoration of the greenhouse in the walled garden at Delapre Abbey is expected to take about a year to complete. This work is in addition to a Heritage Lottery Funding bid made by Northampton Borough Council and the Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust for £3.6 million to preserve and restore the main abbey buildings.