Sensory garden

A sorry ending to a great neighbourhood initiative

One of our members, Peter, planted a lot of bulbs and put sticks in the bed just before Christmas 2018. Unfortunately, the beds been trampled on and have thus failed to grow undisturbed. We think the secluded location of the sensory bed has been a major factor in the destruction.

Update: plants stolen from sensory bed

Plants and stakes were taken from the sensory garden bed on Saturday 23 June. This is heartbreaking as the Friends had worked hard to set this up after years of neglect.  This recent hot spell meant constant watering so the vandalised beds were discovered on Sunday morning.

The bed is located next to the younger children’s play area.  It was in such a sorry state for some time, so we scheduled time in May 2018 to replant the central garden bed. We sourced the plants ourselves, with an Angels Fishing Rod as a centrepiece.

Plants needed! Can you help?

We planted mostly low-maintenance perennials, perfumed or smelly plants; plants with a texture or feely plants. Plants that make sounds in the wind or when touched.

If you care to donate, then we welcome any of the following:

  • Grasses
  • Small bamboo
  • Lavender
  • Geraniums (geranium macrorrhizum is a good smeller)
  • Hostas
  • Hellebores
  • Asparagus
  • Euonymus
  • Skimmia Japonica
  • Pittosporum

If you have more plants for us or wish to help, please email us on

Sensory gardens use plants to engage the senses – touch, look, feel and smell.

This is your garden, to share and enjoy