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What is a sensory garden?

This is a space containing areas and items which can stimulate one of more of your senses through

  • TOUCH
  • SMELL
  • SIGHT
  • TASTE
  • HEARING

This can include encouraging gardening and plant care to help to develop coordination whilst improving mood and concentration.

Its becoming a firm favourite within schools and nurseries in the UK.

What are the benefits of a sensory garden?

Creating calm garden spaces in which the senses can be passively stimulated has been shown to improve children's mental health and development. Why not try using

  • SCENTED PLANTS
  • EDIBLE PLANTS
  • CHIMES
  • MIRRORS
  • PLAYBOARDS
  • GARDEN ART
  • SCULPTURES

This allows children to recognise different plants and objects by using smell, hearing, taste, sight and touch.

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What is the difference between a sensory garden and forest garden?

A sensory garden has a primary purpose of stimulating senses and creating an air of calm to help with anxiety and hyperactivity. This seating and ares of shade become important.

The primary purpose of a forest garden is to allow children to connect with nature and sustainability. For this reason, they may include ponds and planting or structures to promote micro-habitats. Worm composters, solar panels and water reuse can be included together with recycled materials or recyclable materials to help create a sustanable environment.

Forest gardens can be designed to become an ideal outdoor classroom with shelters, canopies, seating and blackboards.

There are several organisations which can help with funding. Useful Websites are

Grants4Schools Awards For All

These database websites are updated daily. There are guides on how to write successful grant applications. We can help prepare and submit grant applications on your behalf. Email or telephone us to discuss further.

Create a natural eco-friendly pollution barrier

Research reveals green screens around the perimeter of the school or nursery help to reduce children's exposure to air pollution.

This is captured when fully in leaf.

Planting evergreen varieties such as English Yew, Privet, Western Red, Cedar or even Ivy screen panels can maximise their impact all year round.

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