BUTTERFLY lovers are being asked to help fund a new enclosure at a recently reopened museum.
The enclosure is currently being built at Cumberland House Museum following the demolition of the previous one and is scheduled to open later this summer.
So many families have loved coming to the butterfly house over the years and we are sure they will want to make sure the new one provides the richest experience possible.Rod McLean, project manager
Now, an online fundraising campaign has been set up to boost the project through a further £40,000 cash injection.
Portsmouth City Council, which runs the museum in Southsea’s Eastern Parade, has launched the page on the crowdfunding site Spacehive.
Rod McLean, the project manager behind the works said: ‘The council has already allocated £130,000 towards the new butterfly house and work is under way.
‘To make the enclosure as impressive as possible for visitors and to help us attract native species to the garden, we are asking the public for some extra funds.’
The money would be used to create ‘a great experience’ for visitors, using tropical plants and water features.
Nectar-rich plants would be brought in to attract a variety of British butterflies, creating a haven.
Mr McLean added: ‘So many families have loved coming to the butterfly house over the years and we are sure they will want to make sure the new one provides the richest experience possible.’
The campaign has been kick-started by fresh produce importer Fyffes, which has pledged £800 to the campaign and the Tesco Bags of Help scheme, which has pledged £5,000.
For the campaign to succeed, the funds will need to reach the goal of £41,685 by July 8 this year.
If the campaign misses out on this figure, the funds that have been pledged will not be used to contribute to the project.
The museum previously reopened its doors last month following an extensive makeover which included major repairs, redecoration, the installation of a new wheelchair ramp and work to bring the terrace at the back of the building back to its former glory.
Work on the new butterfly house got under way in February and is the key project in the building’s restoration.
To donate funds for the work on the new enclosure head to spacehive.com and search ‘butterfly’.