Search for budding garden designers

Gardeners with a flair for design and a sense of history could make their mark on the development of a new community garden at the Newark Museum and National Civil War Centre, now under construction at the old Magnus School in Appletongate.

The Friends of Newark and Sherwood Museum Service are seeking ideas for the community garden in space set aside in the rear courtyard of the museum.

Rae Elliot, Chair of the Friends said: “This is an opportunity for the community to have a say in what we include in the garden, from seating to the kind of plants there are. It’s a small space but with a bit of imagination we can make something special out of it. We’re keen to see the garden link with the museum in some way.”

Project Manager Bryony Robins said: “The plot sits behind the Tudor hall in a south-facing position – an ideal sun-trap. It would be great for outdoor café seating and it’s a safe space for children as it’s away from traffic. ”

Ideas so far have included planting 17th-Century medicinal herbs and a Victorian apothecary garden. There’s also the opportunity to re-instate a sundial left from when this space was the headmaster’s private garden.

The community garden will be open to the public without having to visit the museum. If you would like to share your ideas please go to on Twitter @civilwarcentre / email