Shropshire Star

Grant helps charity create sensory garden

A charity's sensory garden has been paid for by a grant from a water firm.

The garden has proved a hit since its creation

The peaceful haven and sensory garden created at The Cavalier Centre in Much Wenlock is having a huge positive impact on the lives of visitors.

Severn Trent’s Community Fund awarded £9,800 so that a garden could be built at the site for community use.

The plan was to make a retreat that offers the opportunity to rest and relax or be involved in planting, weeding and other outdoor activities.

A host of groups have been using and maintaining the garden, including older people from residential care homes, carers and their cared for, families, people with disabilities and people who face challenging circumstances in their lives.

Funding was used for materials to create the garden and to pay a member of staff to run some introductory programmes to get the garden built and create learning resources.

The garden is already proving a huge success with around 3,500 people enjoying the site and taking part in the workshops.

Rachel Lambert-Jones, centre manager, said: “We are thrilled with the garden – when the sun is shining there is no nicer place to be than sat there watching the bees on the flowers and ponies grazing in their paddocks nearby.

“The garden is the perfect place for some quiet time and is used by volunteers, participants, staff and visitors alike – it has even been used as a space for yoga.

"Our volunteer gardeners are doing a brilliant job of keeping everything looking beautiful, and we’re grateful to Severn Trent for making our dream of a beautiful outdoor space a reality.”

The Cavalier Centre, which was recently awarded The King’s Award for Voluntary Service, is an accessible and inclusive equestrian centre near Much Wenlock, that offers Riding for the Disabled activities.

Jade Gough, Severn Trent community fund officer, said: “The garden at The Cavalier Centre is a beautiful and peaceful place and I’m so pleased to see how it is having an impact on the lives of visitors and people who use the centre.

“I can’t wait to see the garden develop, grow and be a real asset for the whole community to use.

“We are always looking for more new local projects in the regions in which we work which would benefit from grant funding and encourage anyone who may be interested in finding out more about our Community Fund to get in touch.”

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