With the help of everyone on the farm we have built what we hope will be a quiet, accessible sensory garden for everyone here and visitors alike.
Sensory gardens are designed to connect people closely with nature. Some are quiet places, designed to be calming, while others are designed to stimulate activity or to be used within therapeutic or educational programmes, we have tried to create elements of all of these within our garden.
We experience everything through our senses and this creates the multi-sensory memories we carry with us. The more senses we engage, the richer the experience and the more we remember. With imaginative sensory design and sensitive attention to detail, a garden becomes a sensory feast.
With the help of volunteers, staff and the people we support we defined a clear idea of what we were aiming to create. We came up with the overall outline of the garden and the accessibility before getting too involved with the detailed design. We wanted the garden to follow a path, culminating in two reflective areas, one a sitting area and one a water feature.
Our workshop replaced all the woodwork and did an incredible job of rebuilding the main structural parts of the garden, including bridges, fences and raised beds.
The garden has now become established, the streams have been relined, the plants and garden has become established and the garden is used by our farm family as a place to relax, reflect and invigorate the senses.