A MUSEUM has partnered up with charity to create a biodiversity garden after a grant of £38,000.

Llandudno Museum is working with CAIS - a charity which helps people who are having problems with addictions, mental health, personal development and employment - for the two-year project.

Landfill Disposal Tax has made the grant.

Initial work on the green space, which will be open for the community to enjoy, was expected to start at the end of March 2020 but the virus pandemic meant the timetable had to be nudged forward to July.

Gaz Evans, CAIS’ Gardening Coordinator, said: “We were approached by Dawn Lancaster, Museum Curator, in August 2019, asking if we would be interested in getting involved with this great new project, to create a new and practical green space for community use in Llandudno town.

"The Cyfle Cymru Gardening Project has numerous willing and able volunteers who enjoy horticulture and have been involved in many different previous sites with us, creating community gardens, growing fruit and vegetables, planting trees, grass cutting etc, so we are more than happy to provide the manpower and be involved in this exciting new venture to create a biodiversity community garden at the museum.”

Volunteers from CAIS and the museum will create the wildlife garden at the back of the museum.

There will be a small pond as well as an area of planting, home to various insect hotels and bird boxes.

The garden area will act as a learning space and workshops for schools and community groups will be held there.

The project will also involve creating a mini journal/field notebook where children or adult groups can record what they observe in the museum garden and take and record what they see in their own gardens or parks.

One of the main aims of the project is to promote citizen science via recording and observations. The garden will also be a place for people to visit for ideas and inspiration, and to sit and enjoy the natural environment.