What's happening in the gardens?

A roof underconstruction of the Kitchen Garden, with the museum in the background

The Nature Activity Centre supported by AWS will combine vital facilities for scientific work, monitoring, learning activities, maintenance and supporting the garden's volunteer community.

The Museum's gardens will be opening in summer 2024

The Museum's newly renovated, accessible and biologically diverse green space dedicated to urban nature will be opening in spring 2024.

Learn more about the Urban Nature Project

Keep in touch

Send the construction company, Walter Lilly, an email if you would like to be kept up-to-date with the garden construction, or have any questions regarding the works. 

Two people lean on a shovel in a garden, smiling at the camera

We are currently constructing our Nature Discovery Garden. A project is currently underway with Morely College and Grow2Know to create a planting installation in the gardens, representing our local communities and showcasing the importance of plants in human culture.

People in high-vis vests build a path

The gardens, pathways and buildings are all taking shape. 

A fox looks over its shoulder while it stands amoungst garden construction

Our resident fox cubs continue to use the construction site as a playground. It has been a vital part of the construction process to ensure that we make space and care for the nature that calls the gardens home. 

The natural history museum's waterhouse building in the background and a building being constructed in the foreground

The Garden Kitchen will be a multipurpose cafe and events space, providing somewhere to sit and enjoy the new gardens. 

A pond shows the reflection of the Museum building

Since refilling and translocating the ponds back in April and May 2023, we’re really pleased that nature is slowly reclaiming the wetland habitat. The pond plants are establishing well and we’ve spotted a large number of willow emerald damselfly along with other species of dragonfly and damselfly as well.

Tomato plants grow in front of a sign that says 'building a sustainable future'

It’s harvest time in our vegetable garden! Our contractors, Walter Lilly, have created an amazing vegetable patch on our construction site. Cabbages, raspberries, aubergines, tomatoes and more are being grown on a spare spot of land. It’s provided an outlet away from the challenging work of transforming our gardens. The plants are even attracting pollinators. 

A workman raises his arms to catch a stone slab being lowered down

We have started the major process of installing the stone in the timeline wall. This giant jigsaw puzzle starts at two billion years old with Lewisian Gneiss.

A row of tree ferns in a glass hosue

Coming soon…the first of the plants will be going into the gardens. These will the Dicksonia antarctica tree ferns, creating the carboniferous forest in the Evolution Garden.


We thank all those who have generously contributed to the Urban Nature Project, including:

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