People in Nottingham will have access to a new ‘art garden’ thanks to a £49,154 grant from funding body WREN.

The money, awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, is being used to transform wasteland at the back of City Arts’ building in Hockley into an oasis of calm and creativity.

Alison Denholm, Creative Development Manager at City Arts believes the facility will make a big difference to the lives of people living in the area:

“Our art garden will be open for public events and gives us extra accessible space to work creatively with community groups and vulnerable or isolated people. It’s fantastic that WREN has awarded us this money and we’re really looking forward to seeing the garden take shape over the next year”

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Cheryl Raynor, WREN’s grant manager for Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire, says:

“We are delighted to be supporting the Art Garden project and pleased that our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for those living, working and visiting the city. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.”

Work has already started and it is planned that the garden will be ready by September 2017. Plants will attract insects, bees and birds to the area – improving the environment of the city centre and inspiring creativity in visitors.