A new sensory garden has opened at The Manors, our Extra Care scheme in Prudhoe, providing a space of peace and tranquillity for the community to enjoy.
Residents at the scheme, which is owned and managed by Karbon Homes, were joined by members of the local community to officially open the garden this week and celebrate its first blooms of spring.
The official opening was carried out by our Executive Director of Customer Service Jo Ray, Northumberland County Councilor for Prudhoe South, Gordon Stewart, and MP for Hexham, Tynedale and Ponteland, Guy Opperman.
Guy Opperman MP said: “It’s been a long journey getting this garden finished but it’s been worth it to see the garden open for the community to enjoy.
“It’s one of the best public spaces I’ve seen created in a long time, which has been beautifully built by a local Prudhoe team. The finished space has created a great opportunity for the local community to come together which is always fantastic to see.”
The garden contains a special selection of plants and materials, laid out in way that stimulates the senses of sight, sound, smell touch and taste.
The work was funded by our supplier Ideal Boilers, through Karbon’s Unlocking Social Value programme, as well as Councilor Gordon Stewart and health and hygiene company Essity. The garden was designed and brought to life by local company, JIFT Home and Garden Improvements.
Jo Ray, Executive Director of Customer Services at Karbon Homes, said: “I’m delighted to be opening the sensory garden today, a project that I started working with Gordon on before the pandemic.
“It’s a great example of how we’re able to use the social value commitments of our suppliers and contractors to help build strong, sustainable places for our communities. We’re very grateful to all the partners who have helped make this possible.”
Pupils from local primary school Adderlane Academy, who helped prepare the garden with an afternoon of planting earlier in the week, also attended the opening. The sensory garden will be linked with the school’s curriculum, acting as an outdoor classroom and hosting a number of intergenerational activities for the pupils and residents to enjoy together.