Fantastic support for new interactive sensory garden at Hydon Hill

19 May 2016

A patch of historic woodland is set to be regenerated into a beautiful interactive sensory garden at Hydon Hill.

The team by the fabulous deck that will allow the residents to sit out and enjoy the gardenAnd it's all thanks to the incredible work of local volunteers.

From garden designers to construction workers, all these local heroes are giving thousands of pounds worth of their time and skills for free to the project.

‘The local community has responded with enormous generosity, contributing labour and help with material costs — without their help this project would not have got off the ground.’ — Joy Jardine, garden designer

The garden will boast some unusual features, including a live web stream of the inside of bird boxes when eggs hatch.

The redevelopment of the garden has captured the spirit of the community, with everyone seeminly wanting to get involved to show their love for the home.

‘There is an incredible heart behind this project. It’s like a big family working together for a common goal. I can’t wait to see the flowers, and the water lilies and frogs in the pond!’ — Elizabeth Tovell, resident at Hydon Hill

The area where the garden is being built was previously home to a statue dedicated to Leonard Cheshire.

Over recent years the land has become overgrown and is hard to access for wheelchair users.

‘It’s going to be so wonderful to have a place to convene in summer because that’s what we’re missing.

‘We’re set in such a natural location, we should enjoy the fact we live in beautiful scenery. I have an image of so many of us in that garden together.’ — Dan Eley, resident at Hydon Hill

The team at Hydon Hill are also raising funds to create a new café overlooking the garden.

Work has also begun on an art gallery in one of the historic army buildings, which will exhibit and sell art work and pottery created by the residents using the onsite kiln.

This vast complex at Hydon Hill is for residents, their families, and the whole community to enjoy.

In order to complete these works the home is continuing to welcome any volunteers and donations. You can donate to the project online.

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