Fountain Roof Appeal
In 2008 the Community Trust secured the funds to restore its Edwardian drinking fountain of which only the base survived. The fountain was one of the few remaining historic structures in the park and it was very important that this Cinderella looking feature was restored.
The restored fountain was officially opened on 12 July 2009. Almost immediately its authentically retiled roof became a target for vandals, and stones regularly broke the tiles. Despite the vandalism, the fountain had already become an iconic image for the park and was used on Christmas cards, coasters and jigsaws. People were horrified at the vandalism and it became a matter of pride to the Trust to show we would not give in to the vandals. One of our volunteers, Arthur Ward, taught himself to tile and spent many hours replacing broken tiles. We hoped that, as with many other features in the park, they may be targeted when new and shiny, but once they become part of the landscape they are often left alone.
However, three years on, this has not been the case and the trustees again have looked at alternatives to keep this beautiful structure looking good into the future, without being a continual drain on resources and volunteer time. They have sought professional advice and looked at alternatives and has decided that all of the clay tiles need to be removed and replaced with cedar shingles. These cannot be broken by stones and if double fixed should resist being torn off.
The cost of this work will be £2450 plus VAT. Therefore £2940. We have secured £750 in a grant and £730 in donations from members so far but need to raise another £1460. Could you help us with a donation to fund this important work? We know many people helped fund the original restoration and we are sorry that we have had to resort to asking again, but it is the only way we can try and help secure this beautiful park feature. If you would like to help support keeping Warley Woods the lovely place that it is to visit then please send us a donation, or donate on line through our shop page here. Thanks for your support.
Charity number: 1092754