Updated: Museum Gardens to reopen next week – as charity that runs the park appeals for donations

Open soon – Museum Gardens. Photograph: Richard McDougall
19 Jun 2020 @ 8.02 am
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Museum Gardens are set to reopen on Thursday, 25 June, the charity which runs the site revealed today (Friday, 19 June).

York Museums Trust said the gardens will reopen seven days a week from 10.30am to 6pm to begin with.

A spokesperson for the trust said: “The trust are really looking forward to welcoming people back to enjoy the gardens as they come into full summer bloom.

“We recognise how important the gardens are to York and are keen to support the city as it comes out of lockdown.

“We would like to ask that everyone follows social distancing guidelines to ensure the gardens are a safe and welcoming space as possible.”

Wonderful green space

Happy days… relaxing in Museum Gardens. Photograph: YorkMix

The site is a registered botanical gardens, containing scheduled monuments and listed buildings including St Mary’s Abbey and the Hospitium. That makes it is costly to run, requiring high levels of maintenance, gardening and security.

The spokesperson said: “The costs of our gardens team and keeping the gardens free to all are met by York Museums Trust as part of our work as a charity.

“However, the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a loss of 70 per cent of York Museums Trust’s income and we have had to furlough most staff.

“As we open York Museum Gardens we ask anyone who enjoys the gardens to consider donating to the charity, to help York Museums Trust continue to maintain such a fantastic space for generations to come.”