New garden to provide feast for the senses at Shropshire charity
A local garden design firm has been putting the finishing touches to the latest stage of the sensory garden at Albrighton Trust Moat and Gardens.
The garden is designed to provide stimulation to disabled adults and children visiting the project, through the huge array of colours, sounds, smells, textures and even tastes around the space.
The Albrighton Moat and Gardens is a local charity, offering facilities for disabled people of all ages, helping them to build self-confidence and improve physical and mental well-being through a variety of different activities.
Staff from Boningale Garden Creation, which is based in Boningale wholesale nursery in Holyhead Road, Albrighton, worked on a design provided by the charity for the architectural and landscaped features, all of which are wheel-chair friendly and easily accessible, and advised on planting to help maximise the scents, colours and textures in each different area.
The firm also sponsors one of the raised beds in the sensory garden, which was built with the help of a £22,000 grant from Wolves Aid.
Andi Way, of Boningale Garden Creation, said he is now looking forward to returning to do some more work on the garden in the spring, and to see how visitors react to the space.
“Though it looks stunning even at this time of year, and there’s still lots going on there, I really can’t wait to see it in the spring, when lots of the plants will really come into their own, and by the summer, it will be bursting with colours and scents,” he said.
“I’d really like to see the garden full of visitors, enjoying all the different things going on there. We’ve been delighted to be part of the project, and look forward to working closely with staff there in the future.”
Sandie Jackson, from the Albrighton Trust, said the sensory garden is one part of the 4 ½ acres of diverse grounds consisting of landscaped and natural gardens, which includes a 13th century scheduled ancient moat for fishing, all with good accessibility.
“It is lovely to see the sensory garden in place – although the initial work is done, we hope to keep adding to it in the future, and like Andi, we’re very much looking forward to seeing it in its full splendour next year,” she said.
“We’ve had some wonderful comments from everyone who has visited so far.”
The garden aims to complement the already established core activities of fishing – which is done from wheelchair accessible jetties, and horticultural and environmental education projects, as well as arts, drama and craftwork. More than 6,000 people visit the project every year.