Sensory garden opens at group home for disabled people

Paul Wilkinson, assistant team leader at Woodland View with manager Jane Bresner, Coun Alan Emmerson, support worker Bill Meeks and Coun Ellen Ball pictured with other stafh, clients and helpers in the new sensory garden.
Paul Wilkinson, assistant team leader at Woodland View with manager Jane Bresner, Coun Alan Emmerson, support worker Bill Meeks and Coun Ellen Ball pictured with other stafh, clients and helpers in the new sensory garden.
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FLOWERS and fauna are helping to create a sensory explosion at a special garden.

A sensory garden has been created at Ryhope’s Woodland View – a group home for people with learning and physical disabilities.

It has been specially designed to stimulate all five senses – vision, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. It has raised beds, a seating area and both scented and climbing plants.

The new feature was created thanks to a £1,000 grant from the council’s Community Chest fund.

Ryhope councillor Ellen Ball, who is chairman of the East Area committee, said: “Groups and organisations are very welcome to apply to their area Community Chest fund.

“Here in the East Area we have supported community associations, young musicians and sports groups.

“Now, with this grant for the garden, we can see the results. I’m sure with its new look and these beautiful plants and flowers it’s going to provide its many visitors with a lot of pleasure.”

Ryhope councillor Alan Emerson, who is also vice-chairman of the East Area committee, said: “This is just the sort of project for which Community Chest was designed. Local councillors were delighted to be able to help some of the more vulnerable members of our city enrich their lives.”

Jane Bresnan, Woodland’s manager, said it had been a real community effort with family and friends, and suppliers such as Bishopwearmouth Nursery, Emily’s Garden in Ryhope and Chesters Grove Garden Centre, Chester Moor, all helping out.

She added: “We’re very pleased with the work and how the garden looks. We’ve already had some very positive comments about how colourful it all is, about the fragrances and what a relaxing place it is to come and sit in.”

l Contact your ward councillor for a Community Chest application form.