The Calyx garden project in Perth, Scotland, has submitted a bid
for £25m funding from the Big Lottery Fund (BLF) — but it will need
to wait two years to know if it is
The £35m project aims to showcase modern horticulture and garden design. Organisers estimate that, if successful, the project will employ over 1,000 people in construction, as well as around 200 in permanent posts.
Calyx director Stan Green said: “The total cost of the project has gone up slightly because of the inclusion of a carbon-neutral main building, which will be the first of its kind in Europe.”
An assessment panel from the BLF will visit the site in April and give a decision by mid-summer. If the result is favourable, it will release interim funding.
Green added: “There is always a plan B but, clearly, if the bid is unsuccessful then the project will not be able to go forward in its current manifestation.”
MP Brian Donohoe, a supporter of the project, said: “I am sure the industry will see how important this is to the whole of Scotland and what a fantastic opportunity this represents.”
L See feature on parks lottery funding in next week’s HW.
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