Springhead is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a grant under the LEADER funding body.
Upon the death of Rosalind Richards – daughter of Rolf Gardiner and life tenant – the main house at Springhead became empty. In order for the building to become incorporated into the Springhead Trust and available for a variety of activities and groups it needed to be restored. We are extremely grateful to have been awarded LEADER (European) funding in order to carry out the essential repairs to the building and also restore many of the historic features of the interior.
The work involves repairing areas of the thatched roof in order to stop the damp entering the building as well as the restoration of the windows and doors. On the inside, areas of damaged plaster will be removed and made good, the plumbing and electrical systems brought up to modern standards and the interior sensitively restored and redecorated.
The repair and restoration will begin in earnest in early April and is scheduled to be completed by the end of September.
Once complete the new accommodation and function rooms will offer the opportunity for not only more people to stay on site but also cater for smaller more exclusive groups with specific interests. For example, the music room and library will be made available for visiting musicians, academics and corporate groups whilst the master bedroom will be converted into a stunning wedding site overlooking the ornamental lakeside gardens.
The funding has also provided the opportunity to develop and extend our ability to host and put on events such as plays and musical events by funding specialised outdoor staging, lighting and a new sound system.
The LEADER funding allows us not only to restore the building but also to develop Springhead in terms of creating new employment opportunities for local people.
The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development:
Europe investing in rural areas