|Welcome to the home of the Folly Fellowship.
The Folly Fellowship was founded in 1988 as a pressure group to protect, preserve, and promote follies, grottoes & garden buildings. Initially a group of enthusiasts keen to record what was at first seen as a peculiarly British aspect of architecture, it has grown into a serious conservation and consultative architectural heritage charity, while not losing sight of the basic idea that these buildings are fun - they were built for pleasure before purpose. Some make us laugh, some provoke contemplative thoughts, some can frighten. Some are mere whims, others demand to be taken seriously.
People take their pleasures seriously - why should buildings be any different? An early realisation was the international flavour of the genre although the British Isles can count more follies per square mile than any other region, there are examples to be found all over the world.
In recent years, there has been an increased awareness of the importance of these buildings to our landscapes. Many have been restored and several have been completely rebuilt with local support. Better still, some individuals with imagination and the tenacity to fight the planning process, have begun to build new follies...
The FF continues to be interested in follies both old and new, but equally important to us is the fellowship aspect - our outings are excuses to meet with people from all over the country and from all walks of life. When the day is over we continue to chat over a meal and friendships are made. The conversation opener 'what do you do for a living?' is never heard. If you have an interest in follies, the rest is irrelevant.
|Hazelle Jackson has started a Facebook page for the discussion of follies. Just search for Folly Fancier and you'll find it. Anyone can join.
The Folly Fellowship Ltd.
Registered Office: 1 Keble House, Manor Fields, London SW15 3LS
Registered In England
Charity No: 1002646
The Bruno Weber Park is under threat! This remarkable park in Switzerland is full of colourful and bizarre 'outsider art' sculptures and buildings and is open to the public, attracting a good number of visitors. However, because it has no written plan in place to maintain the structures, the authorities have ordered it to close on October 20th 2012 and it may face demolition. Rita and Pieter Boogart of the FF have visited it recently and say it is fabulous. The website http://brunoweberpark.ch would confirm that impression - although it is entirley in German, if you open it in Google Chrome it will translate for you. Be sure to sign the petition you will find on there!
Grayson Perry's 'A House for Essex' is complete. It will be available for bookings form 2015. Story here.