Transformed: Derelict Wisbech plot will be turned into Octavia Hill’s Centenary Green

THIS artist’s impression gives the first glimpse of how a derelict plot of land in Wisbech will look when it is transformed into Octavia Hill’s Centenary Green.

Work to construct the green, adjacent to Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House, will be inaugurated on December 3.

The day, which marks the birthday of social reformer Octavia Hill, will also include the opening of the River of Life Garden for children at Birthplace House by Sile Milligan, daughter of Spike Milligan.

Fosters Property Maintenance Ltd, of Wisbech, has been appointed to carry out the construction work and the company has also pledged to make a substantial donation towards the project costs.

An �80,000 appeal was launched in July to transform the historically significant plot in Somers Road, Wisbech, into a landscaped garden for the community to enjoy.

The project has been supported by fund-raising events and contributions from individuals and businesses, along with a contribution of �35,350 from WREN, a not for profit business.

The National Trust and Fenland District Council jointly provided �110,000 to purchase the site. Another �9,000, which is needed to complete the project, is being sought.

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David Crouch, project manager for the Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum Trust, said: “We are extremely grateful to Fosters Property Maintenance and all our supporters for their backing.

“It is exciting that we are now so close to commencing work on renovating the land into Centenary Green.”

A full agenda for the Commemoration Day on December 3 can be found at

To assist the community effort to create Centenary Green or to make a donation, contact the trust on 01945 476358.