Can you help Coldharbour Mill's project to restore the Mill Ponds?
PUBLISHED: 12:58 06 March 2019 | UPDATED: 13:03 06 March 2019
Coldharbour Mill is asking for your support for their latest fundraising initiative by signing their petition of support on their website
Their current project is to restore the Mill Ponds that once provided the water from the River Culm to run the Mill’s waterwheel and steam engines.
The finished project will provide a community area for villagers, schools and individuals to enjoy and a haven for wildlife. With phase 1 of “project splash” now complete the team need to secure additional funding to continue the project.
Recognised by Historic England as on National Importance, Coldharbour Mill is acknowledged as one of the best preserved woollen mills in the country.
Formerly owned by Wellington-based Fox Brothers, today it is run as a working Victorian Wool Mill Museum sharing the experience of the industrial revolution with visitors and making its artisans yarns and cloth.
Chief Executive of Coldharbour Mill, Martin Halse, is leading the project and said: “Over the past two years our team of lolunteers and staff have worked hard on phase one clearing part of the pond and planting trees, daffodils, crocuses and spring flowers to create a beautiful spring walk for the community without entry to the Mill. There are also picnic benches and a BBQ area in the meadow.
“To continue this restoration we are now in desperate need of funds as much of the Victorian and earlier brickwork need specialist restoration and vegetation which has grown in the pond needs to be cleared.
“I urge you to show your support by signing our petition before April 15th found on our website – www.coldharbourmill.org.uk/ show-your-support-for-mill-pond as this will help us demonstrate to potential funders how many people support our work and the impact we are having on the community.”
If you would like more information on the work of Coldharbour Mill, they are also holding a public presentation of plans and progress on Wednesday 3rd April at the Mill starting at 7pm.