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New garden is a treat for the senses



A sensory garden residents at Keynsham's Hawthorn Ct have created has been opened by BBC presenter Ali Vowles.

The green-fingered residents at Hawthorn Court in Keynsham, an extra care centre run as a partnership between Curo and Sirona Care & Health, decided to transform their courtyard garden into an accessible garden for all to enjoy.

They have created raised flower beds, a water feature and installed a pergola in the new garden which was officially opened by BBC Points West presenter Ali Vowles (pictured, centre) on Wednesday 18 June.

A £10,000 Big Lottery grant helped fund scented and tactile plants like lavender, rosemary and roses so residents who are blind or partially sighted can still enjoy the garden.

Dennis May (pictured), chairman of the Hawthorn Court residents’ association was helped with the application for the Big Lottery Fund by Vicki Tranter, Sirona’s extra care manager at Hawthorn.

He said: “As well as making it a sensory experience, it was also important to ensure all the beds were raised up, making it easy for people using wheelchairs to enjoy and tend to the garden. Planting has also been carefully designed to attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife and to look and smell sensational all year round.”

Vicki said: “Everyone has worked really hard and the new-look garden will really make a difference for all our residents.”

Dilwen Miller (pictured, right), Curo’s Extra Care Sheltered Housing Officer, said: “Hawthorn Court is a fantastic place to be and residents really enjoy living here. The new garden has something for everyone and we’re all incredibly proud of the results – it’s already really enhancing residents’ wellbeing and is a real hit with visitors too.”

The residents won the Silver Award in the Community Groups Category of Keynsham in Bloom last year and are hoping the Lottery cash will help them to win gold in the future.

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