Service users help to transform sensory garden

Offenders paying back for the crimes they have committed have helped to transform a sensory garden in a Somerset town.
 
Groups of people sentenced to unpaid work have been working with the Community Payback team at Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Community Rehabilitation Company (BGSW CRC) to give back to their local area.
 
The service users have helped to revitalise the sensory garden at Fiennes House – a purpose-built residential home in Wellington for adults with learning disabilities, complex needs, autism and behavior which may be challenging.
 
They improved a section of the garden which had previously not been accessible. A patio was re-laid, shrubs and hedging cut back, fencing painted and new sensory plants and shrubs planted.
 
Denise Holway, of BGSW CRC’s Community Payback team, said: “It was a fantastic project to see through and has a massive benefit to the young people who live at this residential home.” 
 
The garden is now complete and has a variety of tactile, scented and rustling plants together with a big selection of musical instruments and activities.