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Solihull sensory garden gets off the ground

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Customers at Bromford Support's Tivoli Court in Shirley, Solihull, will benefit from a £2,000 grant from the business's YouCan charity for the new feature which will become a welcome retreat for residents.

Design starts today with a likely start on site in spring as Fran Belford, support worker at Tivoli Court explains;

"We're working with our customers on what the five senses are and how we can use plants and features to stimulate the senses. They've already come up with some novel ideas such as water features using old tin baths and old walking boots to put flowers in. We'll involve residents throughout the design and build of this special garden that is likely to be complete in early summer. "

Bromford Support's managing director John Wade said: "YouCan raises money to provide people in supported housing with extras that are generally not covered by funding but that can make a real difference to their lives. The sensory garden will be a great place for our customers with learning difficulties to get away from the pressures of everyday life, chill out and relax. We'll be developing the garden with The Farm, an organisation that offers work placements to people with learning difficulties."