A GROUP of volunteers have drawn up plans to improve Penarth Library's garden - but they need funding to move forward.

The small garden used to be part of the Penarth Garden Trail and was initially set up as an eco garden.

Friends of Penarth Library (FoPL) and library staff are planning to give the garden a new lease of life as it has been left in an unsuitable state following refurbishment work in the library.

The group plan to pave the garden and set up a new fence so that story times, Friends sales events, school visits and other library functions can be held there.

Such activities were impossible to hold in the library during Covid restrictions and rejuvenating the garden would mean the library could host outdoor activitis on-site instead of having to go further afield.


Once the central area of the garden is paved, FoPL plan to purchase bee and butterfly friendly plants for the shrub beds, a weather station and seating.

Also planned are bird houses containing cameras so that birds will raise chicks in them and a 'living wall' with additional plants.

However, the paving and fence would cost £3,000 to build.

FoPL are asking for donations to fund this work as their usual schedule of events would mean it would take years to raise enough money for work to begin.

To donate to this, visit their Crowdfunder page here or go to the library where a donation box is located on the staff desk.