Walled Garden - Now Open!

Walled Garden - Now Open!

The Walled Garden is brought back to life...



Wow!  What a journey!  The Walled Garden Project culminated in a truly special event on the weekend of 8th and 9th October 2016.

It was back in October 2009 during a Big Draw event, in the then derelict Walled Garden, that the seed of bringing the Garden back to life was sown.

It has been a truly wonderful journey going from those early concept days through to the Garden we have been able to present to the community today.  The Walled Garden is now open the same times as the Museum.

There have been so many people and organisations who have been involved, either supporting through funding, advice or providing time.  Special mention must be made to the Friends of the Museum, without their support the initial concept would not have got off the ground. Joining the Friends is a great way of supporting the activities of the Museum.

The list of major events along the length of project is a clear indication of both the work and support that have gone into this project, please see this page for more on the major milestones.

In the week leading up to the opening the Project also received an award from the Gloucestershire branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England.  Their press release can be read here.  The citation for the award speaks volumes about the project: the award was given 'for a new garden and learning centre in an historic site, inspired and part created by volunteers, which combines excellence in design and imaginative use of terrain with superb attention to detail'.

The Garden offers so many new opportunties to the Museum and those who visit and those we work with.  The Big Draw event and the temporary installation of works from Pangolin already demonstrate the flexibility and creativity available in the Garden.

Alongside these learning events and the already successful Pavilion which has been well used by our visiting schools, the Garden is also a place for relaxation and contemplation and will offer the day visitor somewhere very different to visit and enjoy.

There are many people and organisations we are grateful to for supporting the project and without whom the project would not have happened. There is one group in particular that deserve a big thank you also.  The Museum team, both paid and voluntary.  They have been there everyday of the project ensuring the Museum continues to deliver the programme we are known for, alongside bringing the walled garden to life. It is there moment to be proud and present the Walled Garden to you, our visiting public.


The Walled Garden is open the same times as the Museum. Visit here for more information. 

More on the Walled Garden Project can be read here.


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Blog Archive

30.07.2018 Walled Garden planting update
24.04.2018 Walled Garden - Very Happy and Calm
15.06.2017 Walled Garden - Blooming!
29.03.2017 Walled Garden - Springing into Life
10.10.2016 Walled Garden - Now Open!
16.09.2016 Walled Garden - Secrets to be revealed
06.08.2016 Walled Garden: More Sneak Peaks
17.06.2016 Walled Garden - Bad at keeping secrets!
03.05.2016 Walled Garden - News from behind the walls
29.01.2016 Walled Garden: Rain, rain go away, come back...
30.11.2015 Walled Garden - Growing
22.09.2015 Walled Garden - The Wombles would love it!
17.08.2015 Walled Garden - Entranceway build starts
06.07.2015 Walled Garden - remains on track
30.03.2015 Walled Garden - Awards and Inspiration
13.02.2015 Walled Garden - major milestone reached
09.12.2014 Walled Garden - A Critical Path
08.11.2014 Walled Garden - Taken a Peek Recently?
10.10.2014 Walled Garden - the colour palette
11.09.2014 Walled Garden - When will it be finished?
10.08.2014 Walled Garden - Pavilion Tops-Out!
08.07.2014 Walled Garden - The structure rises!
10.06.2014 Walled Garden - A Happy Place!
06.05.2014 Walled Garden - building work to start
17.04.2014 Walled Garden - Volunteers need your vote...
02.04.2014 Walled Garden - Let's Celebrate!
14.03.2014 Walled Garden - The first public 'drop in' event held
09.02.2014 Walled Garden - A dedicated education building for the Garden
06.01.2014 Walled Garden - from dereliction to life
15.11.2013 Walled Garden - the essentials...
30.09.2013 Walled Garden - latest from the ground
25.08.2013 Walled Garden - ACE activities

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