Images above: pictures taken from London Museum of Water & Steam
The London Museum of Water & Steam has opened a new community play garden for local families and children.
The Museum conducted a survey to ask what families who regularly visit would like to see in the museum’s gardens and found children wanted a kitchen, balancing and building tools, and flowers to attract bees and butterflies.
Funded by the London Borough of Hounslow, the new garden includes a mud kitchen, nestled amongst the gooseberry bushes, building blocks and a music wall in addition to the museum’s existing garden and art installations.
Green Dragon Primary School provided sample recipes. The museum garden already has herbs growing and the museum organisers have now added fruit bushes. Many of the new plants, flowers and perennials as well as edible ones have been donated by local residents and organisations. A bug hotel and hedgehog home have been added.
The Museum’s gardens were originally part of the filter beds when the site was an active water pumping station and retain many features and piping from that time. The museum organisers have added materials for children to build new structures.
Many of these materials are recycled, in keeping with the garden’s ethos and aesthetic, such as pallet collars used as raised vegetable beds, old barrels as game tables and old spanners and water barrels as musical instruments.
EcoWorld London and Barratt London have supported the development of the garden, helping out with the construction and planning. The space opened on Friday 2 June, in time for the Queen’s Jubilee weekend.
Liz Power, Museum Director, said:
“The new play garden will be an area where visiting families, schools and groups can explore and have fun. We are incredibly grateful for the support from the London Borough of Hounslow, Barratt London, EcoWorld London and others who are helping us create this amazing new resource for the community.”
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