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Stroud Valleys Project is bringing the historic Walled Garden in Stratford Park back to life after 20 years’ of dereliction, allowing the community to use and enjoy the space. We have the chance to win funding, through Engage Mutual Assurance, to help us continue this fascinating project, which we are doing in conjunction with Stroud's Museum in the Park.

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Stroud's Museum in the Park has been awarded a grant of just over £50,000 by Arts Council England for a community project to clear the ground in its derelict walled garden in advance of its forthcoming regeneration.

The aim of ACE's Renaissance Strategic Support Fund is to help museums develop by working with new partners to generate new skills which can be shared across the sector.  Volunteers from Stroud Valleys Project, which have specific expertise in working outdoors and in the natural environment, will work with the museum on ground clearance in the run up to the major works on the walled garden project.

The walled garden project aims to bring back to life 2,000 square metres of derelict land which was formerly the garden belonging to the mansion house, now the Museum in the Park.

Clare Mahdiyone, director of SVP expressed her delight:  'In our 25th  year we're delighted to be working with the museum on such an original project which will have great benefit to the community for many years to come.'

This ACE-supported project includes funding for a learning engagement officer who will work with project's volunteers to draws links between the garden, the museum collections and its heritage. They will also deliver a number of themed public open days.

Stroud District Council's Museum Development Manager, Kevin Ward, added:  'We are delighted that yet another external organisation has seen the potential of our walled garden project. In this instance it provides valuable funding to allow us to work with and learn from Stroud Valleys Project and helps us to start bringing visitors into the garden before at the very start of work.'

The majority of funding has already been received for key parts of the project, the Friends of the Museum still need to raise another £30,000 to meet the funding target to complete the first stage of work which includes a new multi-use learning space and an entrance-way from the museum into the garden.

For more information call the Museum in the Park on 01453 763394 or e-mail : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Clare Mahdiyone at SVP on 01453 753358, email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stroud Valleys Project is a limited company,
registered in England and Wales.    

Registered number: 2224016    

Registered charity number: 900107

Stroud Valleys Project,
8 Threadneedle Street,
Stroud,
Gloucestershire,
GL5 1AF

Tel: 01453 753358

Fax: 01453 755641

Email: info@stroudvalleysproject.org

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