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New sensory garden will help people with dementia and the community

The Wayland Partnership are building a sensory garden at Wayland House in Watton. Pictured are (from left) Keith Brown, Jovan Edwards, Freya Biles, Jacqui Brown, Richard Otterway and Charlotte Brown. Picture: Ian Burt

The Wayland Partnership are building a sensory garden at Wayland House in Watton. Pictured are (from left) Keith Brown, Jovan Edwards, Freya Biles, Jacqui Brown, Richard Otterway and Charlotte Brown. Picture: Ian Burt

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An empty concrete yard is being transformed into a sensory garden to help those in a community with dementia.

The Wayland Partnership are building a new sensory garden at Wayland House in Watton. Picture: Ian BurtThe Wayland Partnership are building a new sensory garden at Wayland House in Watton. Picture: Ian Burt

So far paths have been laid and a pergola is under construction at the 200msq area at the back of Wayland House in Watton.

The Wayland Partnership are building a new sensory garden at Wayland House in Watton. Picture: Ian BurtThe Wayland Partnership are building a new sensory garden at Wayland House in Watton. Picture: Ian Burt

The garden is being created by the Wayland Partnership Development Trust to be used by the Wayland Memory Cafe - which offers support to those with dementia and their carers.

A funding boost of £17,000 from the People’s Postcode Lottery, through the Postcode Local Trust, enabled the £25,000 project to go ahead.

The Wayland Partnership are building a new sensory garden at Wayland House in Watton. Picture: Ian BurtThe Wayland Partnership are building a new sensory garden at Wayland House in Watton. Picture: Ian Burt

The Wayland Partnership are building a new sensory garden at Wayland House in Watton. Picture: Ian BurtThe Wayland Partnership are building a new sensory garden at Wayland House in Watton. Picture: Ian Burt

The partnership worked with the members of the memory cafe in the garden’s design to make sure it would reflect their needs.

Charlotte Brown, Wayland Sensory Garden project co-ordinator, said: “The idea behind a sensory garden is it invokes different memories or different senses.

The Wayland Partnership are building a new sensory garden at Wayland House in Watton. Picture: Ian BurtThe Wayland Partnership are building a new sensory garden at Wayland House in Watton. Picture: Ian Burt

The Wayland Partnership are building a new sensory garden at Wayland House in Watton. Picture: Ian BurtThe Wayland Partnership are building a new sensory garden at Wayland House in Watton. Picture: Ian Burt

“The primary beneficiaries will be the members, volunteers and carers of the dementia cafe.

“But we realise there is a bigger need for it and people have been saying it would be great to have another green space to go to.

“The schools have been asking if they can bring their children with special educational needs down when they need a quiet place so that is a great additional need.”

The garden will include raised plant beds, a water feature, a living willow arch and plants and materials with different textures.

Volunteers have been helping with developing the garden and Wednesdays have become known as Worker Wednesdays, where a group of volunteers spend the day helping out.

Local businesses and organisations including the Woodland Trust, Tesco, Myhills Pet and Garden, Mark Lyons Paving and the Rotary Club of Watton and District, have all made contributions.

The design of the garden means various features can be added to the garden, designed to be a peaceful and quiet space, as it develops.

It is hoped the garden will be open in August.

To start it will follow the opening hours of the partnership’s Dragonfly Gallery - Monday to Friday from 10am until 4pm and Saturday from 10am until 1pm.

For more information about the partnership visit their website.

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