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Local companies pull together to create sensory garden for children with Cerebral Palsy

Posted: September 1, 2015 Time: 10:07 am Written by: Kelle Russell

Over the summer holidays, several companies have been busy donating, digging and planting to create a special garden at The Rainbow Centre in Fareham.

The local charity that supports children with cerebral palsy and adults with neurological conditions wanted to transform a rough patch of wasteland into a colourful sensory garden to help encourage the children as part of their Conductive Education programme.

National Citizenship Service students raised money to buy plants and more were donated by The Hairy Pot Plant Co, Silversprings, Mud Island, St. Margaret’s and Mount Folly garden centres. A volunteer team from Amey, who maintain the roads for Hampshire County Council, spent the day levelling the ground, setting out a path and laying top soil donated by TJ Waste.   Recruitment specialists, The Highfield Company, then got stuck in planting and painting to get the garden ready.

Lara Bull, CEO of The Rainbow Centre said,

“We are so grateful to each and every person involved in making our vision of a sensory garden come to life. It looks, feels and smells amazing, and our children and adults will love it. The path will help them practise their walking and the plants will encourage them to practise reaching whilst stimulating their senses. We could never have done this without the help of all the people who donated and volunteered their time to make it happen.”

The Rainbow Centre will be holding a garden party to officially open the garden and thank everyone involved on the 18th September.