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|Jam Yesterday Jam Tomorrow|
The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced a £293,000 grant to the Environment Trust for Richmond upon Thames in support of its £497,000 project Jam Yesterday Jam Tomorrow.
Sue Bowers, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for London said: “This excellent and imaginative project aims to get hundreds of local people involved in the natural heritage around them and preserve and teach skills in the heritage of market gardening that might otherwise be lost. We wish the Environment Trust every success with the scheme”.
Our patron, Zac Goldsmith said: "I am thrilled that the Heritage Lottery Fund has chosen to support this unique project, and that the wider community will be able to benefit from a fuller understanding of its market garden heritage".
Jam Yesterday Jam Tomorrow is a three-year community project to discover the important but forgotten market garden heritage of Twickenham, Hampton and Hounslow. Through archive research with partners Royal Horticultural Society and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, oral history interviews with former market gardeners, and hands-on activities, around 15,000 local people of all ages and abilities will be able to learn about and decide on ways to restore the lost plant heritage to sites throughout the area.
The varieties of fruit and vegetable grown and the methods used by gardeners of the last two centuries will be demonstrated on a Model Market Garden site to be created at Marble Hill Park, Twickenham, close to Henrietta Howard’s own former kitchen garden. Horticulture training will be provided for children, young people, and those with disabilities, and community plots made available for neighbouring residents without gardens of their own.
Three new jobs will be created, as well as numerous opportunities for education outreach workers and volunteers. Schools involved with the project will benefit from drama workshops exploring the role of children in the market gardens, and a new Market Garden Game, teaching identification of fruit and vegetables, healthy eating and the skills of numeracy and barter.
A travelling exhibition will be designed, as well as a Toolkit called ‘Discovering your Local Plant Heritage’- a guide based on the journey this project takes, which will enable communities all over the country to uncover their own lost plant heritage.
The participation of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds will help to preserve the market garden history and spread knowledge of it to very many more people in the wider SW London area, so that the ingenious and hard-working growers are remembered, and our traditional fruits and vegetables are once again enjoyed- their names becoming part of our everyday language of food. To get involved with this project and to follow its progress, click on the blog from our home page or click on the website link below.
Project website: www.jamyesterdayjamtomorrow.com