Kirklees Libraries was awarded part of a £40,000 Green Libraries Partnership grant to create a secret garden at Golcar Library.
The Green Libraries Partnership was developed in response to COP26, and the long-term climate commitments made by libraries and local authorities across England. Kirklees Libraries are one of 15 local authority library services to receive funding to support environmental activity.
The grant will be allocated to develop an unused area behind the library located on Town End, Golcar. It will become an accessible, environmentally sustainable garden with native plants to create habitats for local wildlife and will include an edible and sensory garden feature for the local community to use.
With the help of local schools and artists, the proposal includes a giant art project on the exterior of the buildings surrounding the garden, complimenting the theme of climate emergency.
Cllr Paul Davies, Cabinet Member for Corporate said, “This funding will demonstrate how libraries can support, influence and tackle the climate emergency and provide residents with more green space to sit, immerse themselves in nature and support their wellbeing. This is further proof that our libraries are at the heart of our communities, and I look forward to seeing how the plans will develop.”
The garden is expected to be completed by Autumn 2022