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The Secret Garden set to bloom with £4,000 funding

Secret Garden Volunteers from Give a Day to the City

Last summer saw the successful creation of The Secret Garden, an accessible, wildlife friendly, walled garden located in a hidden corner of Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery funded by the Postcode Local Trust.

Thanks to a grant of £4,000 from the Cumbria Community Foundation, Tullie House have now appointed a new Secret Garden Facilitator, Louise Stoddart. Louise will deliver three weekly gardening clubs in the garden this summer.

The Secret Garden club sessions will include a range of light, sensory focussed gardening tasks. There will be opportunities to build new creative installations and learn about the amazing plants and wildlife in this welcoming space.

The Secret Garden club sessions include;

  • Family Gardening Club
  • Over 55’s Dementia Friendly Gardening Club
  • Accessible Drop-in Gardening Club

Lindsey Atkinson, Community and Young Person Coordinator said “The Secret Garden has been looked after and maintained by a fantastic group of volunteers who are part of the Working Well Project, Carlisle and Eden. They have done a terrific job after a busy first summer, working with several local community groups.
Right now, we’re preparing the garden for another summer of activity and after the support of participants in the local Give a Day to the City initiative, the space is looking better than ever with bright bushy blooms and refreshed facilities.

“We ‘re looking forward to meeting new people for another busy, fun-filled summer in the Secret Garden this year.’’

Children of all ages love the Secret Garden, and it’s a wonderful activity for the whole family. To kick start the summer holidays, the Family Club will start on Friday 26th July, 2.00pm – 4.00pm then run every week throughout the holidays!

Booking is essential please email [email protected] to secure a place.

There will be a taster session for the Accessible Drop-in Club on Friday 19th July, 10.00am – 12.00pm,
welcoming people who have a disability, their support workers and anyone who would like to take
part. Then run every Friday throughout the holidays.

There will also be a taster day for the over 55’s Dementia Friendly Club on Wednesday 17th July,
1.00pm – 3.00pm. Welcoming older adults living with Dementia or experiencing memory loss.
Partners, carers and friends all encouraged to join in. Theses will run every Wednesday throughout
the holidays.

The Secret Garden is located next to the Salvation Army building on Abbey Street, is wheelchair
accessible and will be clearly signposted on the day of the sessions.

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