Investment project code: 21
The Hidden Gardens charitable trust cares for the free, public greenspace that is The Hidden Gardens. It attracts 25,000 visitors annually and was created because local people said that greenspace was lacking in their community.
They provide educational activities through art and horticulture, support volunteering and offer events and activities for local communities. Feedback shows that local people see the Gardens as an urban oasis and have a sense of ownership and community but there is a need for better promotion. Feedback also shows that for some people, needing to walk through the Tramway (a large, busy arts venue) to reach the Gardens makes them less accessible. A new, separate entrance is being developed and work is needed to make this and the indoor spaces safer, useful and accessible for all. To address these issues, they are applying for funding for building repairs, ground maintenance, lighting and improvements to facilities; promotional materials; and additions to existing interpretation panels to tell the rich and vibrant story of the Gardens’ achievements in creating a sense of unity within the diverse local community over the past 16 years. Funding request: £18,605 to fund improvement work, promotion, art work and wider project costs.