Bridgwater College’s Prince’s Trust team have created a sensory garden at Milton House residential home, Bridgwater, with plant donations from The Walled Gardens of Cannington.

As part of their Community Project, the group renovated and rejuvenated Milton House’s garden, and made murals with underwater scenes, to hang on the bathroom walls.

The sensory garden at Milton House residential home

The project involved power washing the patio and paths, re-planting the sensory part of the garden, and painting the summer house, fences, shed, bird table and raised borders. The Prince’s Trust group raised funds to pay for the project materials by bag packing in a local supermarket. They also received voucher donations from Wilko and B&Q.

The sensory plants donated by The Walled Gardens of Cannington included, for sight, Forget-me-nots (myosotis sylvatica) and Tree echium (echium pininana), which can grow between two and a half and four metres high. For scent and taste, thyme and rosemary were donated, Lamb’s Ear (stachys byzantine) for touch, and Pheasant’s Tail Grass (anemanthele lessoniana) for hearing, due to the movement of the grass in the wind.

Murals by the Prince's Trust team for the sensory garden

Julie Bohot, Nurse Manager at Milton House said,

“The garden now looks bright, clean and tidy. It will be beautiful when the plants become established. We had a fantastic presentation from the group, followed by an old-fashioned afternoon tea, which was enjoyed by staff, residents, the Prince’s Trust, and visitors at the home. This was a challenging project and they should all be very proud. They really were a fantastic group of young people and I feel proud of the work they did. Seeing them grow in confidence was great, I hope they all go on to achieve great things in the future.”

Lynne Chidley, resident at Milton House said,

“The garden looks fantastic, so colourful. The group worked really hard in the rain and cold but they did a fantastic job!”

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