Conservatories and gardens help venues offer variety, notes councillor

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An event venue has the ability to host a range of activities by having a conservatory and a garden, a councillor has noted.

Cllr Justine Baker, a Liberal Democrat representative for Taunton Deane, made her remarks to in reference to Franks Café, which is a drop-in centre for older people that has just been awarded a new lottery grant to support its work.

She claimed that the facilities at the building – including the conservatory, garden and modern kitchen – mean it offers a level of diversity to its users. If the operators wanted to keep the glass structure shaded on summer days, they could think about installing conservatory blinds.

“I was delighted to visit Franks Café and to see so many people using the facility and having the chance to find out how important it is to them. Any area would be thrilled to have such a facility on its doorstep so I am keen, along with the trustees, to make sure that it continues to be used fully,” said Cllr Baker.

For people in Taunton Deane, the conservatory has been used as a place for friends to meet, but another popular use for such spaces is to house exotic plants.

An example of this will soon be open to horticulturists at the home of Jenny and Roger Grasham in Louth, Lincolnshire, according to As part of the National Gardens Scheme, the couple will invite people to visit their house on July 11th, August 5th and August 19th to show off their collection of plants, both outside/inside the conservatory.