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£3,000 to kick start sensory garden project at The Meadows in Huntly

The Meadows Care Home in Huntly is hoping to have a community sensory garden created next to it.

Huntly Football Club has donated three thousand pounds to the cause – after identifying Alzheimer’s Scotland as its charity of the year - and is urging other people in the community to do the same.

Dr Gordon Carter, chairman at Huntly FC, is keen to see volunteers come forward and develop the land. He said: “We’re hoping people will volunteer to form a group to do the planning. The football club is kick starting the project, but the hope is that our community will take over.”

Cassie Hersee, Home Manager said: “The garden would not only provide a boost to the 43 residents of the home, many of whom have dementia, but also to other people in the community.

“It is well evidenced that sensory gardens are a huge benefit to people with dementia, and they also have a calming effect.”

The garden would explore the five senses – sight, sound, touch, smell and taste – providing a variety of experiences for people of all ages with different conditions. The aim is for the garden to have plants, hard landscaping, sculptures, water features, textured touch pads, magnifying glass screens, braille and audio loop descriptions.

Date published: 15 September 2017

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