Back to Our Roots
The Story of the Melton Mowbray Town Estate Parks
Melton Mowbray Town Estate is proud to announce that they have been successful in being awarded a grant of nearly £25,000 from the Local Heritage Initiative. The project aims to raise awareness of the heritage of Melton Mowbray Town Centre Parks and the History of the Town Estate.
The Local Heritage Initiative is a partnership between the Heritage Lottery Fund, Nationwide Building Society and the Countryside Agency. It is a national grant scheme that helps local groups investigate, explain and care for their local landscapes, landmarks, traditions and cultures.
The winning project, called, ‘Back to our Roots – the story of Melton Mowbray Town Estate Parks’ is calling on local people for their recollections, photographs and articles about the Town’s Parks over the years to help them explore and further investigate the history of the different areas.
The Grant from LHI will pay for Interpretation Boards to be placed at each site and also in the Market Place, and for the production of leaflets collating all the information for distribution to local schools; Tourist Information Centres and Museums. There will be an ongoing exhibition at Leicester Road Sports Ground showing the progress of the project.
Junior Townwarden, John Southerington, explained, “The ‘Back to our Roots’ project is an exciting opportunity for the Town Estate and I’m delighted our grant bid has been successful. The information we assemble now will shape the way future generations view the unique history of Melton’s Parks and the heritage of the Town Estate.”
There is a unique story to tell and everyone can be part of it by contributing old photographs; newspaper articles or other written history of the Town Parks.
The Interpretation Boards have been completed - you can see them now in our parks and sports grounds. Compact Maps are available from the Town Estate Office which give the locations of the Interpretation Boards and plenty of other useful information.