Sensory Gardens Design & Build
Make Your Outdoor Space Inspiring & Engaging
We offer the full package – from initial concept right through to design & build – and long-term maintenance that will keep your space looking great and help maintain a high standard of presentation to reflect your business all year round.
We aim to provide you with an outdoor space that will stimulate senses, and provide long-term therapeutic, recreational and educational benefits.
Enjoy therapeutic, recreational and educational benefits from a Sensory Garden.
When we design a sensory garden we accommodate more than the five physical senses. We accommodate balance, space, temperature and memory joggers. All of these additional stimulants add to the individual’s personal experiences.
Outdoor spaces should be safe secure and engaging. Outdoor spaces should be an extension to the interior. Individuals should be as comfortable and content outdoors as they feel indoors.
Sensory Garden Specialist
When we are asked to design/plan and implement a project we know that it is important to ask the right questions of the client.
It is important that we deliver what the customer wants in order to meet the diverse needs of the users. We offer guidance using our experience.
The key questions are:
- Who are you aiming at?
- What type of space do you have?
- How will it be used?
- What resources do you have currently?
- How will it be maintained?
Who are Sensory Gardens for?
Sensory Gardens are suitable for a wide range of services and organisations.
Sensory gardens are most commonly found in schools, or organisations helping with autism, dementia, centres for the blind, disabilities and other types of organisation.
Our service includes Sensory Garden design and build for any type of organisation, and we’ll help create the right space to meet your objectives.
Read our case study on creating an interactive Sensory Garden for Sedgemoor Dementia Centre here.
What is a sensory garden?
The purpose of the sensory garden is to provide an environment that stimulates the senses. Any scent, texture or structure that engages with the senses, as long as carefully planned, will be beneficial to those with sensory development issues or those suffering from dementia. It can be a therapeutic and calming place and when properly planned, the type of environment where children with autism and other sensory processing disorders feel safe and comfortable in exploring their senses without feeling overwhelmed by them.
For those with memory problems or at the early stages of dementia the sensory garden can be a place of nostalgia and comfort – providing elements of touch and smell that stimulate the mind to recall memorable and familiar events as well as keeping them calm and interested.
Depending on the child’s needs, a sensory garden can primarily focus on one sense, or it can incorporate all of them. For children who are hyper-reactive the sensory garden should provide a relaxing environment, and for children who tend to be under-reactive to stimuli, the garden is a great way to stimulate the senses. Even for children who don’t suffer from a disability, a sensory garden can be a fun and educational place that allows them to explore and learn about their senses and nature. They can touch, smell, taste, and generally interact with the environment around them.
What are the benefits of Sensory Gardens?
Well-designed garden environments can provide activity programmes and socialisation opportunities. Research from AHRQ 2002 has proved that 30 minutes of moderate external activity per day has significant health benefits
A study conducted by Mind (2007) reported that 71% of ‘green therapy’ members felt that their depression was reduced after outdoor exposure. The report recommended that ‘access to green space should be considered as a key issue for all planning and care assessment processes’.
It is important that the users feel ‘at home’ and the outdoor spaces reflect their memories and experiences. Hence it is essential that the design of the garden incorporates some of these memory joggers.
Sensory Garden Maintenance
Once the garden is finished and the contactors have moved off site it is essential that the garden is carefully maintained. This is when our maintenance programme begins.
Research has shown that people with mental illness benefit greatly from routine. Changes to routine have an adverse effect on their well-being. Therefore, it is important that the outside spaces remain safe and useable during all seasons. Research has shown that a well maintained garden creates a positive state of mind but a poorly maintained garden can have adverse effects.
If a garden is not maintained the image of the centre is also poorly perceived by the residents and family.
We can adapt and change your current outdoor space to reflect all aspects of a sensory garden.
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