New sensory garden at home

New sensory garden in Hailsham
New sensory garden in Hailsham

The garden of two homes for adults with learning difficulties in Hailsham has been transformed into a peaceful haven for residents.

The new sensory garden at Lynfords and The Marshes involved the conversion of a 150 square metre space between the two homes.

It has been re-designed to feature textured plants which will help stimulate the senses.

Richard Murphy, from Regard which runs the homes, said: “We’ve tried to provide something for everyone here, taking into account what our particular residents are likely to appreciate most and ease of maintenance.

“Visual appeal is provided by contrasting shaded and open areas, as well as colourful planting schemes and sensory lights. Residents’ sense of touch will be stimulated by soft-textured plants and grasses such as Phormium Gold Ray and Apricot Queen, while interesting sounds are provided with wind chimes.

“A range of herbs, fruit and vegetable plants have been put in.

“While as far as scents are concerned the area will really come into its own when the many flowers, fruit and herbs mature.”

Residents helped put new plants in and observed work in progress.

Richard said there are keen gardeners living at the homes who are looking forward to helping with ongoing maintenance, including caring for seedlings in the new greenhouse.

The garden has wide, level pathways for wheelchair use with vegetables and herbs in elevated trugs and flowers in raised beds.

The work is part of a growing scheme, which includes a three- tier planter full of strawberries.

The service has also introduced a composting area at the far end of the garden.

To complete the first phase of works, a circular flower-bed has been cut into a previously inaccessible area of the garden.

Paths have been dressed with chippings made on-site from recycling wood cut from around the homes.

Richard said only the rockery and the sensory lights remain to be finished in the new sensory garden.