BROOMHILL COMMUNITY TRUST HERITAGE GARDENS

 

Broomhill Community Trust Heritage Gardens are a rare example of an inter-war domestic garden, designed in the Arts & Crafts style by the internationally renowned English garden designer Percy Cane in the mid to late 1920’s. They are located on three sides of the Victorian villa, formerly known as Oriel House, now Broomhill Community Library.  The site owned by Sheffield City Council since 1956 has been managed by volunteers since 2014.  The Council maintained the gardens until 2003 when much of the Yorkstone paving was stolen.  Volunteers re-discovered the gardens in 2014; the rear and driveway rock garden long neglected were completely overgrown and impenetrable. The gardens are now on the Local Heritage List and on their way to being fully restored.

Volunteers have cleared the overgrown areas, commissioned topographic, landscape, ecological, and tree surveys and archaeological investigations. An Archaeological Evaluation Report was completed by ArcHeritage in 2018. An oral history project has gathered furtherinteresting insights about the garden.

The FRONT GARDEN still retains the Cane flagged terrace and central path and continues to provide a tranquil green space for people to enjoy.

Through the imposing gateposts the driveway runs alongside a sloping ROCK GARDEN incorporating mature sycamore and lime trees. This was restored with funding from the Pocket Park Initiative, National Lottery Community Fund and the Yorkshire Gardens Trust and opened in 2021 by Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle. Here, the water feature with its lion’s head spout was one Cane used in other gardens.  To once again hear the water tumbling down into the small pool is one of our aspirations.

The sheltered REAR GARDEN beneath a high boundary wall occupies a triangular plot with an intriguing symmetry and retains evidence of much of Cane’s original design. Its central feature the ‘pool garden’: a sunken square paved terrace with a circular pool, and at the garden’s apex an arched niche formerly contained a stone statue. Traces remain of Cane’s pergola and covered shelter/summer house.

Our ambition is to restore all the garden to its former glory and provide interpretation, experiences and spaces to understand and explore its heritage value.

We welcome visitors and new volunteers to join our growing garden group and to be part of its restoration and re-establishment as a focal point for the community.  A place with huge potential for engaging with heritage, supporting well-being and for learning opportunities.

BROOMHILL COMMUNITY TRUST
10 Taptonville Road
Broomhill
Sheffield
S10 5BR