Friends of Blaise History
Friends of Blaise was originally set up in 1981 when Blaise Castle, that magnificent folly on the hill, was in dire straits: neglected, falling down and the victim of arson and vandal attacks. It was fenced off from the public for safety reasons and its future lay in the balance.
With the tireless efforts of a small group of dedicated local residents, enough money was raised to save the building and ensure it was restored to the point where the public could once more gain entry and enjoy the views from the battlements.
The Friends emerged from this small group of supporters and over the coming years, contributed to numerous projects on the estate and helped to ensure its attractions were maintained and improved for current and future generations.
Friends of Blaise Today
As well as opening the Castle to the public (opening times can be found on the Castle page) A continuing major project for us in 2016 is the restoration of the Blaise Kitchen garden which was hidden behind the Mansion House and neglected for many years.
Inside this walled area are a series of very large greenhouses, some dating back to Victorian times and originally used as the Estate's main source of fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs.
Together with the Henbury Conservation Society, we are bringing this hidden treasure back to life with the help of volunteers from the local community. Current opening times to work in the garden are every Saturday from 10am to 1pm. It would be great to see you there to help with clearance work, plant some seeds and plants, or just find out what's going on! You may well have some suggestions which we can put to good use. We now also have a dedicated website for the Garden Project.
Friends of Blaise Future
We are always looking for volunteers to help us opening the castle and help out in the garden and with our other work, to find out more about upcoming events please see the Events page).
Alternatively if you would like to get involved more you can become a member of Friends of Blaise and help us with our work, please download the membership form below and post it back to us.