New sensory garden at Preston Day Services

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Land outside Preston Day Services has been brought to life with a new sensory garden.

This new garden is a place where people who use the centre can relax in tranquil surroundings, try their hand at planting flowers and shrubs, and grow vegetables to be used on cookery courses.

All of the plants, shrubs and vegetables, including lavender, winter snow plants and potatoes, have been donated by Dobbies Garden Centre.

Preston Day Services provides support for people with disabilities. It is run by Lancashire County Council.

County Councillor Graham Gooch, cabinet member for adult services, said: "The garden is a great facility.

"Staff and people who use the centre have put in a lot of hard work to ensure the garden has a variety of plants with different textures, colours and smells so it can be enjoyed by everyone, including people with sensory impairments.

"People will also be able to use the new garden to improve their skills. They will be working with the staff to help grow vegetables, and will be using them as ingredients on the cooking courses that are run here.

"Facilities like this improve people's wellbeing by helping them to connect to the environment around them as they take time to enjoy looking at the plants, shrubs and wildlife in the garden."

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