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Garden Club donates $10,000 to help fort preservation work

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Carol Sims, Garden Club of Bermuda 100th anniversary co-chairwoman; Peter Barrett, treasurer of the St George's Foundation; Rosemary Holmes, Garden Club of Bermuda 100th anniversary co-chairwoman; and Francine Trott, forts manager for the Department of Parks, seated. (Photograph supplied)

The St George’s Foundation has received a $10,000 boost to help it to restore forts in the East End and educate the public about the island’s history.

The Garden Club of Bermuda donated the funds — as well as two benches — as part of the club’s ongoing 100th anniversary.

The benches have been placed at Ferry Point Park, with one overlooking Castle Harbour and the second near Lover’s Lake

The St George’s Foundation recently launched a restoration campaign for a perimeter wall around a gunpowder magazine — originally built in the 1820s — and clear away invasive plants at Ferry Island Fort.

The foundation has said it hopes to use the park as a classroom to teach students about history, architecture, geography and natural science.

Peter Barrett, head of the foundation’s preservation and working group, said: “Work completed at the park will enable us to utilise it as our living classroom as we move forward with our education programme and launch our summer camp in July of this year.

“I would like to thank the Department of Parks and the Garden Club of Bermuda for their support, as well as our members, donors, volunteers and collaborators who made this journey a success.

“The foundation will turn its attention to other heritage sites, including Fort Victoria and Fort Albert, which are in need of urgent care.”

Francine Trott, forts manager for the Department of Parks, said she was excited by the work that has begun at the park.

She added: “Our Unesco-designated forts and parklands are an essential part of the island’s culture and environment. It is important they are cared for and appreciated.”

Restored gunpowder magazine at Ferry Point Park. (Photograph supplied)
Ferry Island Fort (Photograph supplied)

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Published March 17, 2022 at 7:51 am (Updated March 17, 2022 at 7:51 am)

Garden Club donates $10,000 to help fort preservation work

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