The Friends of Wolverhampton Art Gallery have secured £9,000 investment to enhance and maintain the community garden at Bilston Craft Gallery.
The project has been funded by Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK
The grant of £9,000 will enable Bilston Craft Gallery to carry out improvements and develop the volunteer gardening group that looks after the garden. The Gallery’s neighbours, the Bilston Churchill Conservative Club, generously provided a crucial third party contribution.
The Bilston Craft Gallery community garden is a large green space with mature trees and informal cottage-garden style planting. It is the setting for the Gallery’s regular family fun days and is used throughout the year by families and local residents having a picnic lunch or seeking a quiet place to enjoy the outdoors.
The garden is largely maintained by volunteers and stocked using plant cuttings and donations.
For the past four years, the Gallery has been part of the local Bilston in Bloom campaign and has just been awarded Gold standard in 2013, following Silver-Gilt awards in 2012 and 2011.
The Biffa Award grant will enable repair of a broken-down historic stone wall, additional seating and signage about the garden and a programme of training and support for the local volunteers who look after the garden.
For more information go to www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk