Museum of the Home

Creating a community garden

The Museum of the Home’s gardens are the largest free green space in Shoreditch, London. They want these to be a place for local children so are working with local school children to transform their underused north garden into a Discovery Garden. The Discovery Garden will be a hands-on space for exploration and learning about the natural world, that local children can access year-round, whenever they want.

We are pleased to support the Museum of the Home with a grant of £61,800 towards the creation of the Discovery Garden. Children from two local primary schools and their families will be involved in every stage of the garden’s creation, making the garden truly part of the community.

  • The Museum of the Home’s gardens represent 14% of the open space in Shoreditch.
  • The museum is housed in almshouses built more than 300 years ago.
  • The museum’s purpose is to reveal and rethink the ways we live in order to live better together.

A space to learn about sustainability

Local children and their families will be involved in designing, planting and eventually maintaining the garden. They’ll learn about sustainability, wellbeing and environmental issues as well as gaining practical gardening and woodworking skills. The garden will encourage biodiversity in the heart of the city.

The Discovery Garden will open to the wider public in 2024 and the children and families involved in its creation will take a leading role in maintaining and developing it. The wider community will also be able to get involved with after school gardening clubs, volunteering roles, school sessions and family days.

“We are very happy to help the Museum of the Home involve their local community – especially children – in the creation of a sustainable and biodiverse space for learning that will benefit people and the environment.”

Soma Pujari, Co-Founder and Executive Trustee, Kusuma Trust

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