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A new £40,000 feature at Birmingham Botanical Gardens promises to showcase what can be achieved in a small outdoor space.
The Urban Garden scheme, which is being developed with the Friends of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, will comprise three small gardens and a balcony on the site of the venue's Hampton Court Flower Show garden.
The announcement follows last week's reopening of the gardens and news of a £47,500 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Emergency Fund.
The £40,000 project is supported by a grant of £10,000 from the Calthorpe Residents Society. A further donation of £7,000 has been made by The Property For Kids Trust.
Thousands of pounds-worth of materials have also been secured by award-winning garden designer Martyn Wilson, of Wilson Associates Garden Design, who has been commissioned to design and build the new gardens.
Martyn, who has been awarded gold medals for his designs at RHS Hampton Court Palace, RHS Malvern Spring Festival and BBC Gardeners' World Live, said the emphasis will be on raised beds, wall planters & pots and 'using the available space well'. He will even use a greenhouse in one of the gardens, to show that even the smallest areas can benefit from one.
Commenting, Caroline Clutton-Brock, Chair of the Friends, said: “This may be for individuals who have no access to gardens, people who have downsized, or for those who want to start gardening in a small way.
“There is strong evidence to support the beneficial effects of gardens and being outdoors on our wellbeing and health, and the coronavirus pandemic has brought that into sharp relief. The Urban Garden incorporates both leisure and educational aspects and is very much part of 21st-century living.
“We’re excited to see this corner of the Gardens being transformed into something fresh and new. As an independent charity that relies on memberships, visitors, trading and charitable donations for funding, we’re extremely grateful for the opportunity to be able to deliver it.”
For further information about Birmingham Botanical Gardens, visit: birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk
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