It had been our Work Skills group’s idea to develop the little triangle of land outside our main doors at Openstorytellers and turn it into a sensory garden. They wrote numerous letters to local organisations for support, and with some additional funding support from D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust – the making of the sensory garden is now in full swing!
The group have been working really hard to transform the space. First of all we had a visit from the staff at Bunnings Frome, who helped us to clear the space and even fell a small, rogue tree! Since then we have been working with Anthony Schofield, a local landscaper to dig the stony soil and to create some wonderful raised beds and seating. The Work Skills group are managing the whole project and created the design that the landscapers have been following. Their vision for the garden is fantastic – including up-cycled sculptures, oil-cloth planters, wind instruments, sunflower competitions as well as all the flora and fauna. It’s going to be a fabulous place to take a break and enjoy the sensory aspects of the garden.
This week, the group worked with Mary Cross, who is supporting us to create a living willow fence. It was touch and go as to whether the living willow would take in such shallow soil, but with the huge commitment to watering and taking care of the willow that everyone has given, it’s now thriving and in full leaf. Yesterday, everyone had a go at weaving the fence and it’s looking terrific!
The group will continue to work on the garden throughout the summer to realise their amazing vision. Next we are looking forward to working with Edventure Frome on some carpentry and a local sculptor on some wood carving. Watch this space!