CANNON Hall has received £50,000 to help a new horticultural project blossom.Cannon Hall Museum, Park and Gardens received the funds from the Wolfson Foundation which will be put towards supporting the fit-out of a new horticultural learning space in the walled gardens.Although further funds are required before the work can be undertaken, the funding will help to get the project off the ground.

The money secured will contribute towards the North Range Glass Restoration and Access Project and will help restore and transform a currently derelict building, bringing it back into use within the historic Cannon Hall estate.As well as enabling access to the disused building - allowing visitors to see it for the very first time - the renovation will also provide a space for training young people, adults and families in horticultural topics linked to the heritage, art and landscape of Cannon Hall.Coun Tim Cheetham, cabinet spokesman for regeneration and culture, said: “The historic parklands are such a special place and hold wonderful memories for both local residents and visitors. This wonderful project would offer a space for people to learn new skills as well as more about the gardens and its history. “We would like to thanks the Wolfson Foundation for the funding which is a huge step forward in achieving this goal.”