Blooming good news for centre

Development worker Emma Everett(left) and  Claire Doughty of the Warren Road Centre pictured with garden designers Enest Tumilty and Stephen Baxter(right) pictured in the new garden area currently under construction.

Development worker Emma Everett(left) and Claire Doughty of the Warren Road Centre pictured with garden designers Enest Tumilty and Stephen Baxter(right) pictured in the new garden area currently under construction.

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WORK has begun on transforming a run-down piece of land into a vibrant sensory garden for users of a day centre.

A new £20,000 sensory garden is being built at Warren Road Social Skills Centre, in Hartlepool.

The garden will be used by dozens of adults with multiple and high support learning disabilities when it is complete in a few weeks.

The garden, which measures 60 sq ft, will be used by people who access the centre’s Sunflower Lounge.

A dedicated staff team, called Friends of the Sunflower Lounge, along with parents and carers helped to raise funds through various events to allow the garden to come to fruition.

Peter Gowland, from Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency (HVDA), also helped the centre to access several grants and Hartlepool Partners also donated money for the garden.

Hartlepool company Marbax is carrying out the work and the firm has also donated a Buddha water feature for the development.

Planting has been discussed and a plan has been drawn up by Julie Cole Garden Design.

Emma Everett, community development worker at the centre, said: “The garden is taking shape.

“This is something which the individuals who will be using the garden can get involved in.

“We will have all sorts of sensory equipment including three raised flower beds and things our users can touch, taste and smell around the borders.

“The garden will be accessible to wheelchair users and also those with sensory impairments.

“Hopefully the project will be complete in the next two weeks and we can then start to enjoy the garden and start the planting.

“We hope to have an official opening event sometime soon where various people from the local community will be able to come and celebrate the opening of our sensory garden.”