Help needed for Hampton nursery heritage project

The heritage of Hampton nurseries is being explored through the Jam Yesterday Jam Tomorrow project

The heritage of Hampton nurseries is being explored through the Jam Yesterday Jam Tomorrow project

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Market gardens and nurseries that were a dominant part of the landscape and economy in the area for about 200 years are being brought back to life.

The heritage of Hampton nurseries is being explored through the Jam Yesterday Jam Tomorrow project, which now needs help.

The area of Hampton now known as Nursery Lands has a long history of commercial food production, with fruit and vegetables being grown there from the early 19th Century up until the 70s when it was redeveloped as a housing estate.

Robert Wagner used to work at the nurseries in Hampton.

He says: “They had 31 greenhouses and they had big fridges where they stored flowers. It was a nice atmosphere.

“At Christmas time you’d have a sort of Christmas party in the packing shed and the bosses would supply some drink and some stuff for us there and that was always quite a family thing.”

The Environment Trust is calling on people who may have memories of the nurseries in Hampton or descents of market gardeners to share their stories at a heritage afternoon.

There will be a talk about the history of Hampton nurseries and a chance to share memories.

The Environment Trust will make jam at the event.

Down Memory Lane; White House Community Centre, 45 The Avenue, Hampton; Saturday, March 8; 2 to 5pm; verusca.calabria@environmenttrust.co.uk; 020 8891 5455.

 

 

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