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Durham University

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New ‘Fungate’ artwork is another reason to visit Botanic Garden

(6 September 2019)

Have you visited our Botanic Garden recently? Covering ten hectares on the southern outskirts of Durham City, the Garden is set among beautiful mature woodlands and is open to everyone to explore throughout the year.

Fungi artwork provides attractive new gateway

If you haven’t visited recently, you may not have seen our new artwork – a metal sculpture featuring a series of giant fungi.

Created by Graeme Hopper, a local artist, and funded by the dedicated Friends group, it’s already been popular with visitors of all ages and has been dubbed the ‘Fungate’.

It was officially unveiled by Sir Thomas Allen, our Chancellor, on Thursday 5 September.

Other reasons to visit this month…

Terrific Trees: throughout September, pick up a spotter sheet from the Visitor Centre and see what terrific trees you can discover.

Traditional crafts weekend, 14-15 September: Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will demonstrate their skills.

Art by Ewan Anderson: We host regular art exhibitions in our Visitor Centre. In September, we’re showing art by retired Professor of Geopolitics Ewan Anderson.