The Sensory Garden Project is a community based project organised by the Rotary Club of Hornsea & East Riding and guided by project leader, Rotarian Tricia Clarkson.
Teachers at the local Primary School contacted the Town Council enquiring about the possibility of allowing their children to become involved in a local project. This coincided with the launch of the Community Sensory Garden Project and Tricia began working with the children; helping her is Ashley Binnington who is the Town Council’s horticulture specialist.
The group started work last term and the Primary School children were exceptionally enthusiastic. Coupled with their high ability and ‘can do’ approach to life and we had a fantastic team who have guided this project to its current position. The children researched the topic and presented their ideas; Tricia and Ashley listened to all the suggestions and distilled these into a project definition. The children spoke to Town Councillors at their meeting on Monday 6th November and explained why they wanted a Sensory Garden, where they would like it built and what they would want to plant. They were clear, precise, understandable and ideal ambassadors for the School; when finished the Councillors showed their appreciation.
Later in the meeting the Councillors discussed the request for Rotary to site the garden in Hall Garth Park and the Town Council gave unanimous approval. Outline proposals are available to view at the Hornsea Town Hall during business hours.
The school sent us this report:
Our school councillors had the opportunity to approach and present to the town council about a local community project that they would like to organise. The project is to create a sensory garden that will be part of our local community. The group have given up a lot of their own time within the school week to work on creating and gathering ideas towards the community sensory garden, which has involved research and gaining the views of others. This team of young people have been very enthusiastic with a really strong ethos of that ‘We are the future and we can make a difference.’
On Monday 6th November staff and pupil were lucky enough to be invited to a meeting with the town councillors as you can imagine this was quite a nervous and daunting thought for our young pupils but the children spoke with great confidence and vision about what they thought the sensory garden should look like. Comments that were addressed to pupils and staff after the presentation were very positive and celebrated the hard work and vision from our young ambassadors.