New sensory garden takes a step forward

Published: Thursday, 31st May 2018

Lynne Huggins and Coucnillor Ed WIlson on the site of the new sensory garden.
Lynne Huggins and Councillor Ed WIlson on the site of the new sensory garden.

A new sensory garden for residents to enjoy throughout the year is set to replace an unused car park.

A new sensory garden for residents to enjoy throughout the year is set to replace an unused car park.

The Royal Borough has secured a lease over a former car park in Fuzzens Walk, Dedworth which will be developed into a sensory garden over the coming months. Volunteers are being sought to help maintain the site.

The car park was previously used as a storage site but will become a space for residents to enjoy and use while providing health benefits.

Cllr Samantha Rayner, cabinet member for culture and communities (inc. customer and business services), said: “We are investing in our communities to help improve residents’ lives.

“The sensory garden in Dedworth is an excellent use of this previously unused space to bring beauty and joy to residents and huge benefit to the community.

“The garden will provide an excellent opportunity for residents to improve their health and enjoy nature.”

Work is expected to begin in July with the sensory garden due to open later this year.

Raised beds will be installed along with benches and water storage facilities. Local volunteers will be planting flowers that stimulate the senses.

Cllr Ed Wilson, ward member for Clewer South, said: “This new facility will be something residents can enjoy for years to come.

“Sensory gardens contain features to stimulate visitors’ senses and brains, helping combat dementia, autism and other conditions but can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

“I am grateful for support from local housing provider Radian in getting this unique community facility off the ground.

“Any groups or individuals wanting to use the garden or volunteer to help keep it open for the community should contact me over the course of the summer”.

The garden will be open to the public and community groups if they contact the managing group that will be established. This will help ensure the garden is protected and maintained.

Lynne Huggins, a Radian Independent Living Team Leader, said: “We were approached about this project in 2016 and thought that it could be a great way to use the Fuzzens Walk site.

“Our residents at the nearby Leslie Dunne House and everyone else from Dedworth will hopefully make good use of the garden.”

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