Summary of the Tower Project
The aim of the project has been to transform the site of the old church from a neglected and vandalised area into a positive, safe and accessible community garden facility. The project has centred on the restoration of the tower, which is all that remains of the church, and the respectful regeneration of the closed and deconsecrated graveyard. The site is the focal point within the centre of the village of Bramcote and is of historical importance locally.
The tower is a Grade II listed building, one of 12 in Bramcote, and dates back to the 13th century. The site has been sympathetically modified in compliance with Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requirements to improve access for pedestrians and pushchairs although it has not been possible to achieve wheelchair access because of the nature of the site. Railings have been installed along the boundary wall on Town Street to enclose the site and provide a safer environment.
The project has involved the installation of a physick garden and the creation of a small meadow area which will provide wildlife study opportunities for visiting schoolchildren and other community groups.
Three sculptured stone seats provide a welcome place to rest while enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the site. The seats were designed, developed and produced as part of a Big Lottery Awards For All arts project, led by sculptor Andrew Smith, a professional artist, with input from Bramcote schoolchildren, cubs and scouts, and local residents.
A grant from East Midlands Airport Community Fund, together with support from Notts County Council, provided an interpretation panel which has been erected on site for visitors to learn more about the Old Church.
In August 2015 the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) gave initial support of £50,800 for the further development of the project to continue restoring the Old Church Tower and to provide new amenities.