This textured sensory garden focuses on the connection between nature and health and well-being. The garden is designed with minimal hard-landscaping and places a focus on natural materials sourced from the locality of the site. The calming colour palette will help create a peaceful, tranquil natural haven to be enjoyed by Aspens’ community.
The garden is designed to connect to the natural affinity we have towards nature. Every aspect targets specific senses and can be engaged with in multiple ways. Its curving forms provide a sensory experience and each planting zone targets specific senses and every aspect of the planting has been included for sensory stimulation.
The idea of plant roots spreading out through the garden from the central seating area was inspired by the idea of the growth of neurons, linking nature with human uniqueness, which is core to Aspens’ values.
The garden will be wheelchair accessible and open to the people they support, their families and carers, staff and volunteers.
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Aspens provides high quality care and support to individuals on the autism spectrum and with learning disabilities through an integrated network of services across the South-East. Its services include registered care homes, supported living, community outreach, day opportunities, children and young people’s and family support, Autism Central regional peer support and national online workshops.
The garden will be relocated to Aspens in Pembury, Kent where the charity has eight residential homes providing a much-needed therapeutic space. The space will mainly be used by the residents and visitors who are on the autism spectrum, with learning disabilities or who have complex needs. The surplus plants used for the show will also be repurposed and incorporated into Aspens' wider gardens.
Head to the link below to find out more about the garden and the people involved in its creation and legacy.