The Friends of the Storey Gardens formed in 2013, and are working with Lancaster City council, to open the historic Storey Gardens to the public to re-establish a freely accessible garden space in Lancaster’s city centre.
The gardens are attached to the Storey Building, which was bequeathed to the city by Victorian philanthropist, Thomas Storey, to promote science, art and education.
The main entrance to the gardens is on Castle Park. As you approach the gardens from this direction you are faced with Georgian brick walls. This section of the gardens is formed on two levels with an impressive Copper Beech spanning forming the centre piece of the space. A flight of Georgian steps leading down to Meeting house lane have, in the past, been used to site temporary art installations, to be viewed by the many pedestrians passing between the train station and town. The gardens are surrounded by trees creating a tranquil space in an urban surrounding and will form part of an exciting new planting scheme.
The inner garden holds an internationally significant artwork, The Tasting Garden, created by American artist, Mark Dion. Although part of the installation was stolen, the group is working towards restoration of this work which forms part of the city’s cultural heritage. The Tasting Garden is full of a variety of fruit trees and is surrounded by wonderful herbaceous borders on all sides. Another set of Georgian steps in this section of the gardens form an alternative entrance from meeting house lane.
Since their formation, the Friends have been working to preserve and enhance the space. We are collaborating with the Council to secure funds to restore the artwork and other historic features of the Storey Gardens. An important part of our work is enhancing the flora and maintaining the gardens to make a haven for wildlife. We aim to raise awareness of the location and history of the gardens.
Please look around this website to read more about the artwork, the garden and its history. If there is anything you can do to support our work, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.