We love a celebration and the 20th anniversary of the Heritage Lottery funded project, Grafton Woods in Worcestershire was a lovely film to make about a nature reserve that was one of their early projects.. Filmed on location on a roasting hot day, we were on a mission to track down rare butterflies. The project showed how the HLF can work so well with other organisations- like the Wildlife Trust and Butterfly Conservation.
Neil Clements is a disabled volunteer at the Mary Rose Museum. We often come away humbled by the people we meet and Neil Clements completely overwhelmed us. He was horribly injured in a parachute accident 22 years ago and had to re-learn how to speak, walk and communicate with people. He’s now a volunteer at the Mary Rose Museum where he loves telling people about this amazing ship that’s lain at the bottom of the sea covered by mud for 500 years. It really was an amazing film to make and to also be able to see the Mary Rose and hear its incredible story was a huge privilege. Also, for the second time, our film was again chosen as the featured film on the National Lottery’s live streaming Facebook results, which made us particularly proud.
Sam tells the story of how he has followed in the footsteps of medieval stonemasons to work on the world-famous York Minster.
We worked with the Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver a film that would sum up how lottery players have helped apprentices, like Sam, learn how to create stone masonry that will last for generations. Filmed on location at York Minster, we followed the story of a shy young man who blossomed into a craftsman more than able to stand tall next to the skilled generations of stonemasons.
A National Lottery-funded project in her hometown of Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, helped Angela get her sparkle back, after years of battling severe anxiety and depression following the death of her husband and then, in a car accident, her grandson.
Changing Lives is a series of stories about people’s whose lives have been changed by National Lottery-funded projects. Changing Lives is a project we feel really proud to have been able to share with a wider audience.
Angela Stearn was helped through grieving for her husband and her grandson by a project that took her back to her interest in art and gardening. It was humbling to meet this woman who had been through so much and very special to hear her story.
We filmed at her house and then went to the allotments where Create & Flourish help other people with mental health difficulties find a way back. It was again a hot day- we certainly seem to be lucky with weather for our filming!
This film about Angela was chosen to be featured on the National Lottery’s Facebook live broadcast where they announce the winning numbers. It is one of the films Harvest Creative have made for HLF over the past few years – watch the others here.
People tend to think of the Heritage Lottery Fund giving money to churches, buildings and towns but since 1994, it has given £450 million to 3,000 nature projects. We were thrilled to be asked to make a film that would show the fabulous work they are doing in Yorkshire. Yorkshire’s Back Garden project has been raising awareness of how Lottery funding can help support local groups to connect to the nature on their doorstep.
We went to Sheffield’s Greno Woods where we filmed children discovering how to do bushcraft, build shelters, find bugs and light fires. We found out how Sheffield Wildlife Trust had been given funding by the HLF so that they could make sure local people, now and in the future, can enjoy this very special wild place on their doorstep. Then we went to the oasis of York Gate Garden, which is a beautiful garden on the outskirts of Leeds. It is a very special place and a glimpse into the Arts and Crafts Movement- and we can recommend the scones in the tea shop!