Location: Pensby, Wirral
Wirral Evolutions unveiled their new day centre in Pensby, and we were delighted to contribute by designing and installing a wildlife and sensory garden for service users.
As part of the £2million refurbishment and redevelopment of Pensby Day Centre on Somerset Road by Wirral Evolutions, the outdoor space has been completely overhauled with help from Enscape and funding from Tesco’s local community support program.
Enscape were commissioned to design and develop an easy to maintain garden which encourages wildlife and excites the senses. Incorporating two distinct zones the garden was designed and completed to a tight timescale and forms a crucial part of the day centre redevelopment.
The commission had originally been awarded to another company but having drastically miscalculated their budget, they pulled out at the last minute, leaving us to step in, sourcing the hard landscaping and plants, and completing the project in record time.
The site had a number of challenges including existing hard landscaping and the stringent accessibility requirements for wheelchairs and service users with mobility issues. Working within restrictions and coming up with practical solutions, our team designed a space that was functional as well as beautiful, ensuring the garden could be enjoyed by all.
Incorporating our trademark large scale planters, filled with a wide range of wildlife friendly plants including buddleia and verbena to attract butterflies and herbs and scented flowers for the sensory garden.
Wirral Evolutions Managing Director Christine Rothwell said “I can’t thank Nick at Enscape enough. We had received funding from Tesco for a sensory garden for People with multiple profound learning disabilities at Wirral Evolutions’ Pensby wood location. At the last minute the people commissioned for this project pulled out. We were really stuck with a very tight timeframe for this project. We called Enscape who said they would come along to see if they could help. Wow and did they help.
“Enscape listened to what was needed to meet the needs of the people we support and designed the sensory area that surpassed our vision and expectations. The garden is accessible to all, people are enjoying interacting with the water feature and watching the butterflies, bees and wildlife drawn to the bespoke plants. Enscape care about the gardens they bring to life and their aftercare is just as important to them as the work they produce.”
Challenges on this project included:
- A requirement for accessibility for people with mobility challenges
- Restricted access and waste disposal
- An unaffordable original plan designed by the previous contractor
- Tight time schedule
Why Enscape were perfect for this project:
- Ability to adapt and react to new brief within budget and timeframe.
- Experience of creating accessible access to meet H&S requirements.
- Specialise in sensory and experience gardens.
- Sourcing unique, durable products.
- Effective project management.
- Excellent client relationship – we listened and reacted to concerns and queries in a timely and effective manner.
What we did:
- Products sourced: Aluminium planters- designed not to rust, low maintenance
- We designed the sensory garden using the existing paved areas to minimise hard landscaping work, ensure easy access for wheelchair users and complete within the tight timescales.
- Installed a new water feature using matching planters and created a container landscape which allowed wheelchair access.
- The butterfly garden was designed to include a pathway and seating area using self- binding gravel utilising existing trees and shrubs in the plan.
- A herbaceous border was created using perennial herbaceous plants arranged closely together, to create a dramatic effect through colour and to attract butterflies.
- Buddleia, the butterfly bush is planted to form a screen along the length of the garden – we used Flower Power and Black Knight
- The depth of the garden is created by height layers including sways of Echinacea, Agastache, Verbena, Weigela, Rudbeckia, Monarda, Lysimachia, Geranium, Hebe, Sedum.
- The path edges were planted with mixed varieties of Thyme.
- The Sensory Zone was created with a centrepiece contemporary water feature and matching aluminium containers, planted with Lavender, Rosemary, Diathus and Primula.
Enscape are landscape design experts. With a wide range of clients including schools, health centres and business parks, the team are an authority in sensory gardens and creative planting and also supply the large scale planters and water features that are required for these specialist locations.