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Scott's Grotto to gain charitable status

Following months of discussions with the Ware Society, East Herts Council has decided to secure the future of Scott's Grotto in Ware, by setting up an independent charitable organisation to own and manage it.

Scott's Grotto was built in the 18th century and has a fascinating series of interconnected chambers in Scott's Road, lined with shells, flints and pieces of coloured glass, as well as a Summerhouse above the tunnels.

Executive member for economic development Gary Jones said: "This decision offers many advantages for Scott's Grotto including the opportunity for increased community involvement in its local heritage as well as opening up possibilities for new uses to attract more visitors.

"As a charitable organisation, the Grotto will also be eligible to apply for development grants which the council is unable to access."

Scott's Grotto is open to visitors 2-4.30pm each Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday between April and September. Find out more at http://www.scotts-grotto.org/

If you might consider getting involved as a trustee of the new organisation, please register your initial interest by emailing: emily.coulter@eastherts.gov.uk.