Walled Garden gets funding boost

Walled Garden gets funding boost

The rejuvenation of an abandoned walled garden at Stroud’s the Museum in the Park is one step closer to completion, thanks to a new grant of nearly £30,000 from a local trust.



Funding by the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust from the Landfill Communities Fund provided by Cory Environmental has already given £282,000 to the Walled Garden Project. It aims to bring back to life 2,000 square metres of derelict land, which was formerly the garden of the Stratford Park mansion house, now the museum.

A new learning pavilion was completed in the walled garden in February this year - a central part of the museums learning programme.  This latest grant means the overall fundraising target has been reached to build a distinctive entranceway from the main museum to the pavilion. Visitors will have access from the current reception, onto a terrace and then to a gentle winding pathway to all areas of the garden.

Kevin Ward, museum manager said:

"As well as being an exciting development in its own right, the entranceway will lead people to the space and bring the walled garden back to life."

In another exciting development it has also been revealed that acclaimed local sculptor, Alan Thornhill, has donated four of his life sized pieces to the museum.

Kevin Ward, museum manager, added:

"We are also delighted that Alan Thornhill has donated four of his bronze sculptures.  These are significant additions to the collection, and I’m delighted to reveal that we are planning to include one of Alan’s works as part of the Walled Garden Project."

Stroud District Council allocated £80,000 towards the entire walled garden project, and a there have also been further pledges and funding from The Friends of the Museum, The Summerfield Charitable Trust, The Garfield Weston Foundation and other private trusts and individuals.

Councillor Chris Brine, Chair of the Community Services and Licensing Committee, said:

"The Museum team, Friends and supporters have worked tirelessly on reaching this target.  The council is delighted to be supporting this exciting project which will enable the community to use the garden for the first time in its history".  

Entrance to the garden will be open to all and will match the Museum’s current opening hours. Fundraising continues to deliver other aspects of the Garden, such as the orchard and open space area, where much work will be carried out with the help of a dedicated group of volunteers.

For more information please contact the Friends of the Museum on 01453 763394 or e-mail museum@stroud.gov.uk

For further information on the Walled Garden Project please visit: http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk/walled-garden-project/

Photograph shows Museum Manager Kevin Ward reviewing the plan whilst standing in front of where the entranceway will be with the Museum in the background.

Background to Garden:

The Walled Garden which adjoins the Museum in the Park is currently derelict and has been for many years. The garden is Grade II listed and is approximately 50x40 metres (around half an acre).

When the museum moved to the setting 12 years ago a potential entrance into the garden was built into the reception area but not developed further.  With the support of the Friends of the Museum the aim of the Walled Garden Project is to open this resource to the community and offer new learning and public programming opportunities with the aim of bringing the Garden back to life.

There are four ‘traditional’ quarters in the master plan, divided by a cross section of paths with a dipping pond at the centre.  There will be the Entranceway, the Learning Pavilion which was completed in February 2015, Orchard and open space area with small culinary planting.

Editor’s Notes:

  • The Friends of the Museum (Friends of Stroud District (Cowle) Museum) is a charitable trust which offers support and financial assistance to Museum in the Park. See http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk/general.asp?pid=24&pgid=990
  • The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust provides grants from funds generated by the Landfill Communities Fund for the benefit of Gloucestershire, its people and its environment.  Over 700 projects have been funded since the Trust began, and nearly £13 million has been distributed to worthwhile projects across good causes covering the maintenance and repair of public amenities, the provision of open spaces, the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment and the restoration, preservation and repair of buildings of historical importance or architectural value. For more information, please visit www.glos-environment-trust.co.uk or follow on Twitter @ge_trust
  • The Summerfield Charitable Trust was established in 1989, it has paid more than £7 million in grants to good causes in Gloucestershire benefiting the arts, the natural heritage and environment, community projects, education, recreation and sport, and the vulnerable and disadvantaged.
  • The Garfield Weston Foundation has been donating money to charitable causes across the UK for over half a century. On average, approximately 1,500 charities across the UK benefit each year from grants made by the Foundation ranging from the smallest community and volunteer projects through to large national organisations.
  • The project architects are David Austin & Associates, Nailsworth.

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