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All change for Weston Park Museum garden thanks to Autism Plus and Postcode Local Trust

Weston Park Museum’s garden has been given a makeover this summer thanks to Autism Plus and Postcode Local Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Last autumn saw a major redevelopment of some of the exhibitions spaces and displays at Weston Park Museum. Now the museum’s garden has been given a new lease of life to match.

In late 2016 we approached Autism Plus to come up with a new look for the museum garden. Autism Plus’ social enterprise, Beanstalk Gardens, is a Royal Horticultural Society approved centre and provides work experience and opportunities in horticulture for local adults and young people with disabilities and/or from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Weston Park Museum is home to the city’s Natural Science collection, so we asked Beanstalk Gardens to create a sustainable area for the local area’s insect and small wildlife population, and introduce bee-friendly planting. The group then came up with three potential designs for the green space which were then brought together in a finalised vision for the garden and shrub bed surrounding the museum's main entrance.

The creation of the new garden has been made possible thanks to Postcode Local Trust, which is funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The charity lottery invites players to play with their postcodes to win cash prizes, while raising money for charities and good causes across Great Britain and globally.

To make way for the new plants and flowers, the area was cleared by another Sheffield social enterprise, Green Estate. Then over the following weeks, the Beanstalk Gardens team have been on site to carry out the planting, which includes Aubretia, Wild Marjoram, Thyme, Korean Feather Reed Grass, Snowdrops and more. To ensure the garden continues to flourish, we have also contracted Beanstalk Gardens to tend to the ongoing maintenance of the area.

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