Museum unveils secret garden

The secret’s out -Tullie House has a hidden garden! A small and tranquil space in the middle of the city, where youth and community groups will work together building a home for nature.

In order to make the garden the perfect space for birds, bees and butterflies, work begins on Thursday 30th of June with Carlisle Young Carers. They will work with Cumbria Bio-Diversity Centre and A&R Landscaping to create a nature trail and to learn about which species of plant will attract local wildlife.

This is an ongoing project and Tullie House hopes to work with a number of groups who will be invited to take a closer look at the museum’s natural history collection and help build birdhouses, bat-boxes, and bug hotels!

Community and Young People Co-ordinator Catherine Moss-Luffrum is excited about the project and hopes more community groups get involved.  “We have received a very generous donation from Dobbies Garden Centre, who kindly provided plants and shrubs which will attract a different species of Cumbrian wildlife” says Catherine.  ”We would be thrilled to hear from any groups interested in being part of this project, even if it is just for a session”.

It is hoped this project will in turn inspire people to create spaces in their own gardens to attract local wildlife. Some of the people who will be working on the garden won’t have outdoor spaces of their own, so it will be beneficial for them to have a garden to develop and maintain. 

As the project develops the museum hopes there will be picnic benches, nature trails, interpretation, and community painted wall murals. It would be a quiet, calming space for people and wildlife alike.

Tullie House is looking forward to using this space with schools and community groups, and also as part of their Family friendly summer programme.

Any groups wishing to get involved should contact Catherine at or on 01228 618705.

Suzanne Manuel