As part of our renovation programme we transformed the derelict stable block into an environmentally friendly storage area with solar panels. We hope bats will come back to nest there. See the before and after images.
We are constructing a dedicated area for people to remember their loved ones in a peaceful and natural environment. They can either sponsor a bench or one of 19 types of native tree. A seating area is planned that is reflective, peaceful and harmonious.
Memorial Wood Information Pack
An area near the Willsbridge Hill entrance will be made available that will feature mixed planting of native trees and shrubs, a rustic grotto, balance beams along pathways with appropriate seating and lighting.
We are looking into the following for the area with bathtubs:
- Replacing with a larger pond to attract wildlife
- Possible erection of wooden hut for educational visits
- Picnic benches
- Planting of natural hedges
The Mill is an essential part of our strategic planning for the future using the spatial opportunities within the building and the potential to increase the floorspace and enhance the facilities available. The presentation of the industrial heritage of the building will be an intrinsic part of any development bringing the use of the waters back to the building as a means of sustainable energy and as an educational tool. The principal elements for any proposed re-design of the mill will consider;
- Biomass and Hydro technology to provide heating and power for the Mill and wider site
- Internal water wheel to demonstrate the old technology and the power produced
- Removal of the 1980’s intrusive internal stairwell
- Construction of an external enclosed staircase and lift to all floors situated at the rear of the Mill
- Provision of a kitchenette, and toilet on each floor to provide flexibility of use
- Repairs to all external windows and doors including redecoration and installation of secondary double glazing
- Upgrade the tremble performance of the building
- Upgrade all internal services to current standards including fire and security
- Complete internal re-decoration
- Extend the ground floor of the Mill with a modern glass conservatory as a dining /function area.
- Remodel the external environment around the Mill including surface water collection and sustainable drainage scheme using the existing underground culverts
The Mill will be utilised to provide a variety of functions including but not confined to the following;
- Training facilities
- Lectures and Talks
- Venue for local community club meetings
- Art, modelling and other craft courses
- Yoga and wellbeing/mindfulness sessions
- Private Hire
- Permanent history exhibit explaining the site development and the link to the wider environment
- Mill shop
The Mill is Grade II listed building and close working arrangements will be needed with the Council’s conservation officer as well as full consultation with the local community.