Pocket Park

Ambitious plans are now underway to transform the gallery's front area into a community garden, rich in biodiversity. We have now developed a new garden thriving with local wildflowers and fruit trees, and interactive areas for families, with bug hotels, live willow archways and edible plants.

The new-look Wild Art garden also features raised vegetable beds for green-fingered groups and ‘peaceful seating spaces’ for visitors to enjoy the space. It has been designed by artist Anna Wardrop. Her portfolio includes gardens for Shoreditch House and River Café in London, as well as other UK wildlife gardens.

The Wild Art garden has also been successfully designated as a ‘Pocket Park’, one of 87 created nationally by the government. The garden regeneration project has been entirely externally funded by grants from the government, local charitable trusts as well as private donations.

We continually expand our learning programme in the outside space and deliver a fun-packed programme of workshops for families, schools and community groups.

THG celebrates the Museums At Night festival every Spring with a Garden Party - an exciting evening of workshops, music, food and drink, coordinating with the national Museums At Night festival -  Garden party photos

The garden was awarded 'highly commended in the 2017 Acland Awards by the East Devon AONB partnership.

THG has been delighted to receive two generous grants from Tesco's Bags of Help Scheme - £8,000 in 2016 and £1,000 in 2017 to create sound sculptures with artist Michael Fairfax.

If you are interested in donating to this project or volunteering, please contact Emma Molony / emolony@eastdevon.gov.uk. We still need funds to help towards planting, seating, activities and workshops.