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Hyson Green Library Garden

Plants and bench in garden

Come and see what’s happened in the garden!

Thanks to grant funding from The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Libraries Improvement Fund, which is administered by Arts Council England, the library service has been able give this garden a stunning makeover, making such a vibrant oasis for the community to share.

The revitalised space has new brick raised beds built to replace rotten wooden sleepers, a new bonded path for wheelchair users, new beds dug, new furniture that is made from recycled plastic (that does not need repainting and can be recycled again), a new shed, lovely new plants and a feature tree. Anything that could be re-used was, fences and old benches repainted, the old pergola strengthened, painted and a retractable sun/rain shade added, the greenhouse cleaned up.

The renovations also include new mosaics created by Sophie Robins, a local artist. Sophie has designed three mosaics representing the sights, sounds and scents of gardens, inspired by design workshops she held with Acorn Resource Centre, the library Knit and Knatter group and the local community.

We’ve also started a volunteer gardening team to look after the garden and enjoy time together outdoors. Thanks to funding from Nottingham GreenSpace project we have bought tools and other supplies so we can get creative in the garden and will be putting on more activities soon.

A garden mosaic by Sophie Robins An outdoor mosaic by Sophie Robins A mosaic in the library garden by Sophie Robins
A garden mosaic by Sophie Robins
An outdoor mosaic by Sophie Robins
A mosaic in the library garden by Sophie Robins
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Why do libraries have gardens?

Gardens in libraries are great spaces to sit and read, to contemplate or take part in activities and events. These outdoor spaces are and extension of the library and are important for people’s health and wellbeing, as well as pleasure. Nottingham City Libraries successfully bid for funds managed by Arts Council England for the project One Hyson: Growing Together, which has paid for the improvements to the garden shared by Acorn Resource Centre and  Hyson Green Library.

The library service at Hyson Green Library is working in partnership with Acorn Resource Centre, the Community Health Partnership, The Mary Potter Health Centre, Greater Nottingham LIFT ProjectCo, Social Prescribers and other Nottingham City Council departments outside of libraries. As well as local organisations such as GreenSpace, the users of the library service and Mary Potter Centre, and the local community.

Take A Look Around

If you can’t visit the garden in person, you can take a look around using our virtual tour!

Click and drag the image below to look around. When you click the arrows you will move to another part of the library.

garden facing Acorn Path view
garden facing Acorn
Path view
water bowl and furniture garden facing library & Acorn doors2
water bowl and furniture
garden facing library & Acorn doors2

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