Exciting new plans for our Butterfly House

We're extremely happy to announce that plans for our much-loved Butterfly House have been revealed and features a brand-new, state-of-the-art structure that will improve the butterflies' habitat and make it an even more enjoyable place to visit for all visitors.

Plans for the project can be found in the press release below (9th March 2016).

Plans announced for £100,000 butterfly house

Plans have been announced to rejuvenate a much-loved Portsmouth family attraction, Cumberland House butterfly house.

Portsmouth City Council and the Friends of Cumberland House group are working together to replace the existing butterfly house with a £100,000 modern facility.

The existing butterfly house was added to the building in 1986 but and is badly in need of repair.

A new state-of-the-art structure would allow a wider range of species to be kept in conditions similar to their natural habitat, which can't be replicated in the existing house.

The work may bring about opportunities to improve other parts of the site, particularly the garden. There are hopes to replant the area and create a better habitat for native species of butterflies as well as making it an attractive venue for events.

Cllr Linda Symes, the council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure & Sport, said: "Cumberland House's butterfly house has been a popular attraction for generations of Portsmouth families and I'm delighted by the prospect of making it even better. We have an opportunity to enhance the butterfly house and bring it up to the modern standards you would expect of a visitor attraction and improve the gardens in which it sits."

The council has earmarked £40,000 for the project and is working to secure further funds while Friends of Cumberland House will be working with the local community to raise funds for the scheme. Timescales for the work will depend on the progress of fundraising efforts.

Anita Stepnitz joint-chair of Friends of Cumberland House said: "We're thrilled to be embarking on this very exciting project which can help the butterfly house reach its full potential. We're grateful to the council for supporting this and will be announcing further fundraising plans as soon as we can."

Cumberland House is home to Portsmouth's natural history museum and showcases a selection of the city's 114,000 natural science specimens in addition to the butterfly house and a new bee hive. For more information visit portsmouthnaturalhistory.co.uk

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