It's been a while since our last Blog update to you all, and we're really sorry to all those who love to read it - our Trustee Team has spent every spare minute the last few months working hard at the Fort!
Lots of background work has continued all throughout Lockdown 2 and Lockdown 3, such as applying for lots of different grants, and pushing to complete some of our projects, as well as start some new ones!
As a quick summary for you all, here's just a small snapshot of what's gone on at Slough Fort since our last blog update in July 2020:
- Work to restore the Guard Room of the Main Fort has accelerated massively! We don't want to spoil the surprise if you haven't already seen the work that's gone on, so if you're yet to see, head on over to the Slough Fort Facebook page!
- Grants to expand and irrigate the Slough Fort Orchard were applied for and recieved! The Orchard has now almost tripled in size compared to what it was back in Summer 2020, and the irrigation project is just beginning to get off the ground (although there has been a major setback - more on this below)
- Slough Fort has been broken into! Just a few weeks ago, the Trustee Team awoke to the sad realisation that Slough Fort had been broken into overnight. Whilst we were lucky in the items that were not affected by the break-in, a number of key items required for our Irrigation Project, as well as a number of other projects and smaller jobs ongoing around the site, have either been delayed or put completely on hold due to the theft of crucial items.
Despite the horror of the break-in, the outpouring of support from the local community has been, quite honestly, amazing so far. We have had a number of individuals approach us from all walks of life, offering to help however they can. We are really greatful for any and all help we can get! If you think you might be able to help us at all, in any way, please do head on over to our Contact page to get in touch with the Trustee Team.
Whilst we were all hoping to be able to welcome visitors back to site, we all knew deep down that it was a bit optimistic - but all of our Trustee and Volunteer Teams are working hard to keep Slough Fort ready and waiting for you all as soon as it's safe to reopen our gates once more.
That's all for now, but if you'd like to find out more about the activities that have taken place at Slough Fort over the last few months, head on over to our Facebook page - just search for 'Slough Fort Preservation Trust'!