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Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust launches crowdfunding campaign

27th Mar 2018

We’re excited to announce the launch of our first crowdfunding campaign, backed by Bard of Barnsley Ian McMillan, to give children the chance to explore and discover the magic of fairyland at Cannon Hall Park & Gardens through play, art, and physical activity.

We need the help of the Barnsley community to get behind our campaign to raise the £3,400 needed to create a magical tree sculpture to mark the entrance to a new play trail. The sculpture is the first phase of a two-year building programme to develop an enchanted nature play trail in the grounds of Cannon Hall, linked to fairyland and folklore.

Cannon Hall is a stunning Georgian country house museum set in 70 acres of historic parkland and beautifully landscaped gardens in South Yorkshire. It is an idyllic place for a relaxing walk, family outing or picnic.

A play trail within the grounds at Cannon Hall would provide opportunities for discovery and new adventures for children and their families visiting the park.

The Georgian landscape at Cannon Hall has a garden to the east which has been referred to as Fairyland for many years; this is a folly containing medieval structures and ponds which has been enjoyed by thousands of people over the years. To the west, an area in the grounds has been allocated for discovery but it is overgrown. We need your help to put the magic back into this area of the park and continue the Fairyland theme.

Your donations will enable us to turn existing fallen or deadwood standing around the park into new nature play elements for children to enjoy for years to come.

As part of the project, we’re offering a place for two people on an artist workshop in return for a £20 donation. During the workshop you will contribute ideas for the sculpture. This workshop will be delivered by Cannon Hall’s ‘Parks for People’ team. Parks for People is a development of major improvements and conservation work around the gardens and park, including the restoration of Cannon Hall’s Georgian lakes, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. For more information, please visit the Cannon Hall website.

Everyone who donates and joins our crowdfunding community will be invited to a launch event to unveil the sculpture in the grounds later this year.

To donate please visit our Crowdfunder page.

OR text the word BARNSLEY and your donation amount to 70660 (e.g. BARNSLEY £5). Texts are charged at your normal network rate. Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust receives 100% of your donation. Please obtain the bill payer’s permission before donating.