Inauguration of Octavia Hill’s Centenary Green

An artists impression of the Centendary Green
An artists impression of the Centendary Green

The start of work for Centenary Green, adjacent to Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House in Wisbech, will be inaugurated on Monday, December 3, as part of the annual Commemoration Day. The day, which marks the birthday of Octavia Hill, will also include the opening of the River of Life Garden for children at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House by Sile Milligan, daughter of Spike Milligan.

Fosters Property Maintenance Ltd, of Wisbech, has been appointed to carry out the construction work for Centenary Green, and have also pledged to make a substantial donation towards the project costs.

An £80,000 appeal was launched in July to transform the historically significant, but derelict, plot in Somers Road, Wisbech, into a landscaped garden for the local community to enjoy. The project has been supported by fundraising events and contributions from individuals and businesses locally, along with a contribution of £35,350 from WREN, a not for profit business that awards grants to community projects from funds donated by FCC Environmental to the Landfill Communities Fund. The National Trust and Fenland District Council jointly provided the funds of £110,000 to purchase the site.

The appeal is still seeking contributions to raise the balance of £9,000 needed to complete the project.

David Crouch, Project Manager for the Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum Trust, said: “We are extremely grateful to Fosters Property Maintenance and all our supporters for their backing. It is exciting that we are now so close to commencing work on renovating the land into Centenary Green.”

A full agenda for the Commemoration Day can be found on

Fundraising events are also promoted on the website. If you can assist the community effort to create Centenary Green or would like to make a donation, please contact the Trust on 01945-476358.