Deputy Mayor officially opens sensory gardens

A new sensory garden of a learning disability service was officially unveiled at a special summer party – with Bromley’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Christine Harris, doing the honours.

In celebration of Learning Disability Week and new improvements at the care home in Widmore Road, it was open house on Saturday to enjoy the new sensory garden.

The centre provides short breaks and respite services for adults with a learning disability, and sometimes complex needs, in the Bromley area. Since winning the contract is April 2021, national charity Ambient Support has set up new management and staff teams and created themed weekends and special events.

Bromley-based volunteer and horticultural project, Branching Out, has also been responsible for the complete transformation of the garden from an overgrown and unloved area into an immersive space that includes a sensory zone, raised-beds for wheelchair users to enjoy and scented plants and herbs.

Sara Barton, manager of the centre, said: “It’s been a real pleasure to open our doors, share the fantastic improvements that we have made to the service and celebrate our new sensory garden.

“Many people with learning disabilities are still feeling the effects of Covid and are experiencing heightened anxiety due to isolation. So, to see everyone joining in with activities, looking relaxed and making the most of the immersive garden space has been wonderful.”

Cllr Harris, said: “It has been an absolute joy and a privilege to officially open Widmore Road’s new sensory garden.

“Services like these are extremely important. They offer those with learning difficulties the opportunity to enjoy new experiences whilst also providing much needed respite for their carers.”




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