Stroud Court Community-Sensory Garden
Chris Atkins- Executive Director Stroud Court, Berylyn Mann- President Nailsworth Rotary Club,, and Jane Fenwick- Chair of Trustees of Stroud Court, opening the Sensory Garden.
Early this year the Management of Stroud Court Community Trust at Minchinhampton approached the Rotary Club of Nailsworth to ask for help in restoring a Sensory Garden at their residential home which cares for adults with Autism.
Work started in late April and finished in June with a small team of volunteers working weekly for three hours at a time to keep disruption to a minimum.
The project involved weeding and pruning large overgrown flowering shrubs, and in paticular the removal of one large conifer which was completely blocking the view down the slope to a beautiful summer house below the garden.
Stroud Court Community Trust replaced a water pump which controlled a cascade down the garden and Nailsworth Rotary Club helped in purchasing a small water feature for the top of the site, which was installed by Stroud Court Community Trust staff, and which adds a further calming interest to the site.
The Sensory Garden was reopened on 9th July with a Tea Party attended by Trust members, staff, some of the residents, and good support from our own Club members. Berylyn Mann, our current Club President, outlined the aims of Rotary and indicated this had been an ideal project to allow us to provide support in kind to our local community care.
Following the success of this project further projects have aready been identified by the Trust, and work will be carried out later this year, including to an original wooden summer house in the lower meadow which is in need of restoration, as well as the construction of wooden raised beds to enable residents a greater opportunity to get involved in the therapy of growing their own vegetables, and possibly flowering plants.
The completion of this first project at the Centre has been well received and it is felt will add greatly to the environment of the Centre, which is a permanent home for the residents.