Come and see our new outdoor learning centre
Charles Underwood was originally a builder from Cheltenham who on moving to Bristol became a neo-classical architect. In 1836 he designed the fabulous Greek revival buildings of Arnos Vale Cemetery and his other claims to fame included design of the Royal West of England Academy in 1857, as well as the impressive Worcester Terrace in central Clifton.
He died in 1883 at the age of 92 and has a very modest grave at Arnos Vale Cemetery. He has left Bristol a wonderful legacy and as a tribute, we have dedicated our new outdoor learning centre to him, naming it The Underwood Centre.
The Underwood Centre is Bristol's newest venue. Set within the 45-acre Victorian landscape at Arnos Vale it offers a flexible, sheltered space providing an ideal venue for a whole range of outdoor based activities such as craft workshops, parties and team building. It is also licensed for civil marriages and partnerships and available for general hire too.
Our in-house team carried out the work with support from the Santander Bank Social Enterprise Development Award, the Bristol Green Capital Partnership and hands on help from our volunteers including specialist materials, time and advice donated by local craft professionals. Pupils from Victoria Park Primary School along with GSS Architects were instrumental in helping with the initial design. Now finished, the reclaimed timber-framed building looks fantastic. Complete with storage areas, a compost toilet, fire-pit and seating space we are ready ato open our doors.
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Please come and see it for yourselves at our launch at Bristol Doors Open Day on September 14. As well as a great opportunity to see a range of craft demonstrations it's also a chance to explore our woodland and experience the unique environment at Arnos Vale.
The Underwood Centre autumn programme will follow including wooden spoon-making, pole-lathing and stone-carving. It will also provide a base for family craft activities from leaf printing, whittling and carving, to fire craft and outdoor art. Forest school learning also begins in October using the surrounding woodlands to develop independence, skills and knowledge.
Our vision for Arnos Vale Cemetery is that it is a place of remembrance, recreation, heritage, wildlife and learning, fully sustainable and valued by everyone. The opening of the Underwood Centre will help us fulfil this vision as well as bring in income to help our future financial sustainability.
To find out more please call in or visit our website at www.arnosvale.org.uk
Juliette Randall is chief executive of Arnos Vale