Derby

Science garden plan for Alvaston Park

More than £43,000 is to be spent on a new science garden in a Derby park.

The garden at Alvaston Park will consist of several science-based exhibits, with a circular sun mosaic area as its centrepiece.

Orbiting the "sun", at scale distances, will be the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, each represented by large painted spheres.

Work is due to start on the project in June and should be completed by 2012, a Derby City Council spokesperson said.

The idea was thought up by Katie Smith, a mother from Derby with a background in science teaching in England and the US.

She said: "Two countries have invested considerable sums of money into my education and I really want to use this and my knowledge, as much as possible."

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