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Volunteers needed as sensory garden plans begin to take root

The group behind plans for a sensory garden in Huntly is appealing to green-fingered locals to help them get the scheme off the ground.

By next summer, it is hoped that the garden will be bursting with sights, smells and touch experiences for people with dementia, issues with their mental health, autism and learning disabilities to enjoy.

A working group has been formed and is well under way with the process of planning, designing and building what will be known as the Huntly Community Sensory Garden situated in the grounds of The Meadows Care Home.

Huntly FC’s sponsored walk in 2015 kicked off fundraising for the garden raising £3,000.

The plan for the garden is to encompass elements which will stimulate all of the five senses and needs help collecting as many elements as possible.

One of the first tasks that need volunteers, regards the planting of bulbs. As many gardeners will be thinning out their perennials, the project team is asking them to donate surplus plants to the sensory garden.

Gordon Carter, Huntly FC’s vice chairman, said: “We would really welcome donations of bulbs, shrubs and all kinds of plants so that the planted areas make maximum impact. Any help we can get would be greatly appreciated.

“The aim for the design of the sensory garden is for it to be suitable and appealing for people with all kinds of disability to enjoy visiting. We will be working with the North East Sensory Services so we can provide the appropriate environment for people with visual or hearing impairment.

Cassie Hersee, Home Manager at The Meadows Care Home, said: “The plans for the garden are fantastic. There will be something for everyone to do. Gardens like this has a huge positive impact on the people who use them and I can’t wait see the plot of land identified transform.”

Anyone who wishes to donate plants or wants to find out more about the project can contact the group by email to frogfreak@btinternet.com or calling 01542 810708 or 07552 233202.

Date published: 15 September 2017

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