The current garden building was built by volunteers in 1984. It was expected to be in use for just five years. Now, over 25 years later, it is falling apart and just doesn’t provide the basic facilities we need.
We are working to replace it with a new building, designed to provide the facilities needed for the work we do and to enable our plans for the future.
The new building will add an extra floor but only use a similar footprint as the existing office and toolsheds.
It will provide:
a warm, dry, welcoming space for our volunteers and visitors.
a space for our programme of community events.
facilities to work with our local schools and youth groups.
tool storage, toilets and running water.
Here are the artist impressions of the new building
(click on the images to see full size).
View of new building from the garden.
View of new building from Stacey Street.
The ground floor will have a small attendants office, stairwell and lift, accessible toilet, kitchen area, tool store and garden office/event space.
The first floor will have a accessible toilet, lift exit and stairwell, small kitchen area, and a flexible space that can host education workshops and school visits.
The roof will have a ‘brown roof’ substrate to provide habitat for invertebrates and will provide a space for the propagation of plants.
Our target funding total for the project is £400k – so far we have raised 75%!
Project fully funded!
Planning consent given!
The garden will close to the public from 3rd October for the works to begin. It will re-open in 2013 once works are completed.
Check our NEWS section for updates.
If you would like to comment on the plans, or offer your support to the new building project, please use the contact form below.