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Weston park museum planting day

Beanstalk Gardens revitalising an outdoor area at Weston Park Museum

Last year Museums Sheffield asked if we would be willing to help revitalise an outdoor area at Weston Park Museum. Our horticulture enterprise, Beanstalk Gardens stepped in and worked with Green Estate (a Sheffield-based not-for-profit social enterprise) to clear the area and introduce bee-friendly plants and flowers. Adults with autism were supported to plant aubretia, wild marjoram, thyme, Korean feather reed grass and snow-drops to transform the inner-city area that can be enjoyed all year round by visitors to the museum.

Melanie Russell, Grants & Donations Officer at Museums Sheffield said: “We’re hugely grateful to the Postcode Local Trust for their generosity, and to Autism Plus and Beanstalk Gardens for all their creativity and hard work. We’re thrilled with the new garden and I’m sure visitors to the museum will be too.”

James Lee who has autism and attends Beanstalk Gardens said: "I like being outdoors and learning about plants and growing so I have really enjoyed being part of this project at Weston Park Museum.”

If you would like to find out how support and placements in horticulture at Beanstalk Gardens contact: Telephone: 0114 384 0265 or email: