York Theatre Royal to open £50,000 garden

A scheme worth a whopping £50,000 is in motion to build an accessible and unique ‘outdoor haven’ for our city.

While a patio area between the Theatre and its sister building The De Grey Rooms already exists, it’s going to be transformed into a beautiful space for everyone to enjoy – from theatre-goers to members of the community.

Yorkshire’s very own Lizzie Tulip, a Chelsea Flower Show medal winner, will be working on the design of the project, which will also include a performance space and a children’s play area.

Executive Director Tom Bird says: “Our aim is to restore this garden and create a versatile patio garden that is family friendly and can be enjoyed as an extension of the theatre café. We want this to be an adaptable and multifunctional outdoor area which can host a variety of activities including performances and outdoor events.

“In the past we have attempted to improve the space with temporary fixes. This has demonstrated the need and the benefit of offering a usable and multi-functional family friendly space. We now urgently want to provide something more permanent and sustainable that can be maintained throughout the year.

“We are also mindful that the patio garden is currently not easily accessible to wheelchair users or for buggies and our design plans include an accessible ramp.”

The new garden is hoped to encourage guests to visit the theatre and its cafe, and is expected to open in May 2019.

The Theatre is also hoping to raise a further £4,500 through the support of the local community – if you’d like to make a donation, visit www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk.

York Theatre Royal by Jim Poyner Photography -www.jimpoyner.co.uk

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