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Restore the Ancient Well of Burton

Funded on Spacehive 9 November 2021 Delivered 7 December 2022

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Restore the Ancient Well of Burton


We want to restore an ancient well and community woodland garden, preserving a site of historic and environmental importance and improving a community resource for educational and cultural activities

Burton Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 09 Nov 2021!

The restoration of an ancient well, spring-pool and garden will; •create a natural, tranquil setting for visitors and the local community to enjoy •engage the community through volunteering; and •provide a resource for educational activities and small-scale cultural events; The well, spring-pool and community garden are located in a secluded amphitheater grove close to the village of Burton and River Dee. Historically, it was the main source of water for the village and in earlier times it is thought that the spring provided for the Iron Age fort at Burton Point. Today, it is on a popular walking route and the Well will provide another point of interest on a route linking Burton Point, the marshes, Burton village and Manor and the nearby RSPB reserve. It is also on the Cheshire regional cycle route The restoration will create an accessible, tranquil setting for relaxation and contemplation as well as a place of creative inspiration for artists, poets and for children to play.

What we'll deliver:

  • clearance of silt and vegetation from the spring-pond;
  • repair of the surrounding cobble sets and pathways to make for safer access;
  • planting of 1000 native bluebells /snowdrops

Why it's a great idea:

Restoration of the well, spring-pool and community garden will ; . provide safer access for visitors to enjoy a place of natural beauty and historical interest . individuals and groups will benefit from the health and well-being aspects of being in a tranquil, natural setting . volunteers working on site to restore and maintain the community garden will benefit from social interaction and active exercise . the well site will provide a resource for play and educational opportunities for children through engagement with local schools; . the community will benefit from a resource for social and cultural events such as poetry readings and art workshops . increasing awareness of local history and create an enhanced sense of belonging and community

Steps to get it done:

  • Purchase of bluebell / snowdrop bulbs
  • Organise group of volunteers to plant bulbs
  • organise a Big Dig Event Plant to bluebell bulbs
  • Organise hire of skip to remove green waste
  • Organise group of volunteers to dig out spring-pool
  • Organise and advertise A Big Dig event to dig out spring pool
  • Liaise with council and approved contractor for restoration of cobbles- part of site will be closed off during works.

Location Burton

About the space

Hampstons Well and Community Garden , Station Road, Burton, Cheshire,


Cheshire West and Chester Council

How will the money be spent?Total £4,159

Supply and repair missing granite cobbles - £3,216 (77%)
Skip Hire for pond clearance and silt removal - £414 (10%)
1000 English bluebell bulbs - £215 (5%)
8 x buckets - £66 (2%)
Other - £248 (6%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Supply and repair missing granite cobbles
Skip Hire for pond clearance and silt removal
1000 English bluebell bulbs
8 x buckets
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • repair and restore sandstone walls
  • artwork and design of interpretation board
  • bug hotel

Total £4,159

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • Sandstone to help us repair the sandstone walls
  • volunteers to helps us continue clearing the spring-pool and to clear the site of invasive species- we have Volunteers Sessions 1st Saturday and 3rd Thursday of the month (weather permitting) 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

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