How did the project come to be?

Our River Lea Poetry Trail is one of 13 projects to be successfully funded by the Stories of Enfield grant, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Enfield Council has awarded over £100,000 to community heritage projects as part of its ‘Stories of Enfield’ programme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

‘Stories of Enfield’ has brought together groups from across the borough to share ideas about Enfield’s heritage and to receive training in planning and delivering cultural heritage work.

A total of 32 groups put forward ideas and a steering group including local residents selected the best projects to take forward.

In all, 13 community heritage projects will receive National Lottery funding through the scheme, all of which will explore aspects of Enfield’s heritage and provide exciting opportunities for borough residents.

The projects reflect the rich and diverse identity of Enfield, including the histories of different cultural groups, buildings, parks and rivers and even the “Enfield” itself, the borough’s heraldic symbol. Residents will have the opportunity to attend story telling sessions, follow poetry and art trails, visit exhibitions, watch a new short film about Edmonton resident “The Boxing Bishop” and take part in learning about and celebrating the borough’s history.