Walled garden pavilion will be 'exciting venue'
THE largest grant ever from the county's landfill tax charity is funding a contemporary new learning space at Stroud's Museum in the Park.
The donation of £250,000 from Gloucestershire Environmental Trust means a pavilion can be built in the derelict half-acre walled garden at the back of the museum.
Stroud District Council, which runs the museum, has contributed a further £60,000 to the almost £500,000 project, which will later see the garden restored for public use.
The trust's grant was secured by the Friends of the Museum, whose chairman Fred Ward said: "We're extremely grateful for this substantial award."
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The pavilion would provide an "exciting venue for learning and public programming", he said.
The Museum in the Park attracts more than 55,000 visits a year, a 41% rise on five years ago.
Around 2,000 schoolchildren from Stroud district and beyond go there each year and the musuem team works with many other learning and community groups.
Stephen Owen, chairman of Gloucestershire Environmental Trust, said the museum had a proven track record in delivering formal and informal learning.
"The contemporary, high quality pavilion has been designed to compliment the walled garden," he said.
"As the flagship feature of the project it will provide a space that reflects the quality of the offer and setting."
The trust grant comes from landfill tax contributions made by Cory Environmental.
Coun June Cordwell, Stroud District Council's executive member for community services, said: "The museum has continued to go from strength to strength."
Fundraising continues to meet the overall £490,000 project target.
Work includes clearing the overgrown garden and laying a connecting path between the pavilion and the museum reception.
The walled garden is Grade II listed and is thought to date from the late 18th Century.