Museum garden’s £30,000 overhaul

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A £30,000 landscaping project to develop and enhance the gardens at the award winning Erewash Museum is expected to be given the green light.

Erewash Borough Council will hear on Thursday how the gardens play a key part in the year-round events programme and new planting and landscaping designs will further add to the experience of visitors of all ages.

News of the project follows the council’s successful bid to secure £503,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the ambitious project to transform the museum’s coach house, stables and hayloft into an all-new learning and community venue along with a new Victorian-themed café and a new interactive exhibition.

If given the go-head, the work will include creating a new entrance area for greater impact, extending the herb garden, the re-shaping and formalising of lawned areas, replanting and the creation of an educational artefact trail.

Councillor Mike Wallis, the council’s lead member for culture and leisure, said: “Following the terrific news that we have won just over half a million pounds to develop our Museum, we believe it is right that we invest in the beautiful gardens to further enhance this cultural treasure. Once the heritage project is complete we expect visitor numbers to increase and walking in the garden or attending an event in the grounds will continue to be a key part of the all-round experience.”