Museum park given charity makeover

Weston Park Museums 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 Peoples Postcode Lottery.
Weston Park Museums 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 Peoples Postcode Lottery.
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Staff at Weston Park Museum are ‘thrilled’ by a garden makeover which has been made possible thanks to a charity grant.

The revamp of the garden has been made possible by Autism Plus and Postcode Local Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Last autumn there was a major redevelopment of some of the exhibition spaces and displays at Weston Park Museum. Now the museum’s garden has been given a new lease of life too.

Weston Park Museum is home to the city’s natural science collection, and Museums Sheffield asked Autism Plus’ social enterprise Beanstalk Gardens to create a sustainable area for the insect and small wildlife population and introduce bee-friendly planting.

Melanie Russell, grants and donations officer at Museums Sheffield, said: “We’re hugely grateful to the Postcode Local Trust for awarding us the grant, and to Autism Plus and Beanstalk Gardens for all their creativity and hard work. We’re thrilled with the new garden and I’m sure visitors to the museum will be too.”

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, Museums Sheffield has also contracted Beanstalk Gardens to tend to the ongoing maintenance of the area.

The creation of the new garden has been made possible thanks to the Postcode Local Trust, which is funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Weston Park Museum is open every day. Entry to the museum is free.