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Cultivating Culture

As part of the Western Library refurbishment, a library garden was built.

On the site of the former West Hull Liberal Club, which had once been the library's next door neighbour, a library garden was built.

It was always the intention that the garden should become a focus for community action and activity. This has proved to be very much the case, with an active group, Friends of Western Library, established with a focus on gardening. It is a credit to the hard work of the group that this year they were able to enter the Western Library Garden in the 'Yorkshire in Bloom' competition.

With funding from the James Reckitt Library Trust a new set of garden features were begun, which combine art and horticulture.

A new iron structure was constructed that will become entwined with climbing plants, a cob oven was built, which will combine function with artistic design, and a bottle greenhouse will be next in the making. The group will also work with artists to produce large scale art installations that will cover a long garden wall.

As well as providing extra facilities and features for the garden, this project has provided the group with a set of focused activities that they can be rightly proud of.

Award £9,000