New Magna garden makes perfect sense

New Magna garden makes perfect sense


The lockdown has caused many of us to crave more time outside. At many Heathcotes services, that desire has inspired an interest in the art of gardening. We recently brought news of some impressive projects which service users completed in the grounds of Woodseats, Enright and Alverthorpe. With the arrival of summer bringing a vibrant new bloom, Heathcotes Magna have decided to become part of this blossoming trend with a new sensory garden which is proving to be a breath of fresh air.

The project is being led by Support Worker, Amanda Crawley, and Team Leader, Elaine Cooke. Work commenced earlier this month as staff and service users discussed different ideas to stir the senses. They created hanging decorations featuring old CDs to reflect light whilst colourful bunting is also catching the eye. Natural features like tree bark provide textures to touch and some beautiful flowers have been planted to provide pleasing summer scents. The project is a work in progress and various other ideas are being planned to enhance Magna’s sensory experience.

Claire Fowkes, Service Manager at Heathcotes Magna, said:

“The service users were very enthused by the idea and they have really enjoyed helping to come up with suggestions and putting them into practice. We’re all proud of the work we’ve done so far, but this is really just a starting point. Over time, we plan to build more and more features into the garden. Our next step will be some painted tyres converted into planters. We managed to get hold of some old disused tyres kindly provided by a local tyre centre, so we’re looking forward to using them to bring some more colour and life to the garden.”

The garden is certainly shaping up to be something special and it’s great to see them recycling old materials too – it all makes perfect sense!

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