About the Garden
About the Science Garden
The creation of the Science Garden at Techniquest Glyndŵr has transformed a derelict and unused area of ground adjacent to one of the buildings used by the Centre into a wheelchair accessible attractive outdoor educational space.
The Science Garden offers a mixture of planted areas and features such as paths, raised beds and pond area, a composting area and a number of items of equipment that will illustrate the primary scientific themes of Biodiversity, Renewable Energy and Recycling.
The Science Garden has been made possible through funding from a variety of funders including:
- WREN, with a match contribution from Lendlease and Crown House Technologies – for the basic landscaping work, including fencing, building of raised beds, creation of a pond and laying of wheelchair friendly surfaces.
- Thomas Howell’s Educational Fund for North Wales – for contributions toward photovoltaic panels, solar thermal panel, weather station and outdoor furniture
- Awards for All – Big Lottery Wales – for outdoor furniture, plants, rainwater collection containers, CCTV
- The players of the Peoples Postcode Lottery through the Local Grants Fund for tool store, garden tools, outdoor furniture, plants and compost/mulching
Once fully open the area will be an educational resource open to the general public and schools alike accessible without charge at all times that the main centre is open. However it will be secured at such times as the science discovery centre is closed.
The science garden provides visitors to Techniquest Glyndŵr with an additional outdoor feature to complement the current exclusively indoor “offer” of Techniquest Glyndŵr and provides an opportunity to present exhibits related to the life sciences and the living world.
Other features will be incorporated as the garden develops that will enhance the presentation of the three themes of Biodiversity, Recycling and Renewable Energy.
What is in the science garden?
What is in the Science Garden?
To illustrate the themes of Biodiversity, Recycling and Renewable Energy the garden includes the following features.
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|A pond that has been planted with a variety of aquatic plants to encourage insect life.|
|Raised beds that have been designed so that they can be cultivated by wheelchair users.|
|Planted areas in various parts of the garden and around the pond that include a variety of pollinator plants or plants that have interesting characteristics.|
|A functioning greenhouse constructed out of re-used plastic drinks bottles including an underground heat store.|
|Photovoltaic panels that capture electrical energy from the sun to store in a battery which powers a water feature in the pond.|
|A solar thermal panel which provides hot water for a wash hand basin in the garden.|
|An insect “hotel” constructed out of re-purposed materials which provides a beneficial habitat to encourage insect life.|
|A “hedgehog home” that provides a safe and hedgehog friendly place to attract these animals that are increasingly rare in Britain’s gardens.|
|Wheelchair friendly material laid over a large part of the garden that utilises recycled rubber and helps to make the garden fully accessible.|
|Picnic tables and benches so that visitors can sit and enjoy the garden or have picnics.|
Visiting the Science Garden
The garden is open at all times that the main centre is open and members of the public can just walk in – there is no charge for entry.
Schools are welcome to use the space as an educational resource but any schools planning to visit the garden are advised to contact the centre to avoid potential clashes with other schools.
The garden is locked at all times that the centre is closed for safety and security purposes.
Links with Wrexham Glyndwr University
Techniquest Glyndŵr has close links with the University and a number of departments are assisting with aspects of the science garden.
In particular, students from the following courses are providing input to different areas of the project using the garden as a practical experience to augment academic work.
- Renewable Energy - installation of solar thermal and solar PV panels
- Graphic Design – design of interpretative and other notices for the garden
- Animal Studies – design of planting schedules and management plans for planted areas
- Architectural Design Technology – design of outdoor classroom area/shelter
We are interested to hear from any course tutors at Wrexham Glyndŵr University who may have ideas about how their students may be able to work on practical projects that could support the science garden project.
Please use the contact form on ‘Get Involved’ Tab on the Science Garden page of the website.