Top award for Wisbech museum’s garden project

Octavia Hill's Birthplace House receives an award from the Royal Horticultural Society. Pictured, from left, is Dawn Mattless (Orchards School), Miranda Keen (Orchards School), Bob Ollier (Parks and Open Spaces Manager  Fenland District Council), Peter Clayton (Chairman Octavia Birthplace house) , Harriet Chapman (College of West Anglia), Oliver Fulcher (Orchards School) and Sergio Salorio Jimenez (Tin Fish Creative Communications).

Octavia Hill's Birthplace House receives an award from the Royal Horticultural Society. Pictured, from left, is Dawn Mattless (Orchards School), Miranda Keen (Orchards School), Bob Ollier (Parks and Open Spaces Manager  Fenland District Council), Peter Clayton (Chairman Octavia Birthplace house) , Harriet Chapman (College of West Anglia), Oliver Fulcher (Orchards School) and Sergio Salorio Jimenez (Tin Fish Creative Communications).

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A Wisbech museum’s bid to become a national attraction has been boosted after a new garden project won a major accolade.

The town’s Octavia Hill Birthplace House has received a Community Garden Award from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) for its ongoing Golden River Garden development.

The garden’s Golden River Trail is the first of eight new trails following a new fairy tale based on John Ruskin’s ‘King of the Golden River’.

Volunteers and staff at the museum have also developed a hedgehog trail for children, and more trails will be revealed around the house and gardens in the upcoming Brinks Festival, the Wisbech arts festival in May.

With sponsorship, the museum is also hoping to develop the Golden River Trail into a live water feature.

Peter Clayton, chairman of Octavia Hill’s Birthplace Museum Trust, said of the RHS award: “This is a major accolade from a national body and reflects our intention to develop our garden with volunteers and schools as a national attraction.”

He added: “Visitors and tourism will be the lifeblood of the town and Fenland economy”.

The Community Garden Award was presented to Mr Clayton by Fenland Council’s parks and open spaces manager Bob Ollier earlier this month.