Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield, New Garden!
By John Brennan, 10/06/2019
Work has started on the garden for the Hepworth gallery in Wakefield and is going to be open late June this year.
Around 125 metres long, the garden will provide welcome breathing space from the fumes from nearby Doncaster Road and will be built in what is now wasteland between the gallery and neighbouring red brick mill buildings.
One of the few horticultural public spaces to be created in decades in uk it’ll be free and open to the public 24 hours a day.
Designed by renowned garden and landscape designer Tom Stuart-Smith it’s a £1.8m project and will be a combination of modernist layout and shapes with naturalistic planting. It’ll have areas of lawn where people can picnic, areas of planting which will change through the seasons and plenty of trees, including some large pin oaks, cherry and magnolias which will blossom in the spring and sumacs bringing vibrant colours in the autumn.
The garden will have its own identity and will be a visitor attraction in its own right, he promised: “It will not just be a doormat for the museum.”
Simon Wallis, the director of the Hepworth Wakefield, said: “Over the last three years we have fundraised to create a major new visitor attraction and public garden for Wakefield. Once complete, it will be one of the largest free gardens in the UK.
“It will not only enhance the experience of visiting the Hepworth Wakefield but also create a world-class green space in this post-industrial part of the city for the benefit of local residents.”
Looking forward to seeing this when it opens shortly!