Museum Landscaping Work Receives Much Needed Funding Boost

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Date 13 July 2021

David Livingstone Birthplace, which reopens to the public on Wednesday 28 July 2021, was delighted to receive a £200 donation from the Asda Foundation’s Green Tokens Scheme and a huge selection of over 200 bedding plants and climbers from local supermarket Asda Blantyre.

The plants which were collected from the store by the team, will be planted by the Museum’s gardening volunteers, who have been working at the Museum over the last couple of months to help complete the external landscaping works.

Mary Sutherland, Community Colleague at Asda Blantyre said:

“Asda Blantyre is delighted to support the Birthplace of Blantyre’s most famous Son. We have missed going to the Birthplace and are very excited that it will be reopening soon. We hope that our donation will go some way to ensuring the newly renovated building and grounds will look fantastic when they reopen this summer.”

This much needed support comes at a time when the David Livingstone Birthplace Museum is just weeks away from reopening (28 July 2021) and the new playpark and cafe are already welcoming crowds of visitors after reopening on Thursday 1 July 2021.

Eliot Paterson of Skills Exchange SCIO watering the plants donated from Asda Blantyre

Grant Mackenzie, Interim Director of the David Livingstone Birthplace said:

“We are delighted to receive support from Asda locally and have a great team of volunteers onsite busy planting and landscaping the grounds of the Museum in time for our official reopening on 28 July 2021.”

From left to right: Aime MacLean (Asda Blantyre Store Manager); Kirsty Haldane (Community Gardener for the Skills Exchange SCIO ‘Let’s Grow’ programme); Mary Sutherland (Community Colleague of ASDA Blantyre); Terry Lawrence (DLT volunteer) and Ian Miller (Operations Manager, Asda Blantyre).

Also see more postings at in the David Livingstone Birthplace Project Blog.

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We are very grateful to our key funders the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and the Scottish Government for their support in helping us deliver the Birthplace Project. Note: Please note that David Livingstone Birthplace (and the David Livingstone Trust) is no longer part of National Trust Scotland (NTS). NTS members will therefore no longer receive discounted/free entry to the Birthplace Museum.

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