Girton Town Charity


GTC Sensory Garden

7 Aug 2016

As part of its remit to enhance Village life for all residents, GTC is announcing a new project – a Community Sensory Garden to be created at the entrance to Wellbrook Way.

The Trustees have recently awarded the project to Sylvia Newman Garden Designs, a family-run business located in Longstanton which has designed and planted many gardens, in a wide range of different settings.


Over the next few months, they will be developing the design, carrying out site surveys and ground preparations, with a view to start hard landscaping this Autumn and planting in Spring 2017.

Ann Bonnett, GTC Trustee said: “Our Community Sensory Garden at the entrance to Wellbrook Way will add a focus to this core area of our Village for everyone to enjoy. The brief is to have a design that will be appropriate for all users – from young parents with pushchairs and prams, through to young children, teenagers and families and our older residents who may have wheelchairs or mobility scooters.


“We have asked for different elements to be incorporated such as paths which can take pushchairs and wheelchairs, areas of light and shade and colour, form, sound and scent all year round.”

So what exactly is a Sensory Garden?

Sylvia Newman says: “All landscapes are sensory but some are more sensory than others. A sensory garden is an environment that is designed with the purpose of stimulating the senses through plants and materials that use senses of sight, smell, touch, taste and sound.

Sensory trail

“The Sensory Garden at Wellbrook Way will combine a sensory trail through the garden, as well as self-contained garden spaces. We also want to introduce an element of interactivity in the garden, in addition to just enjoying sitting in the space and walking through it.

“When we design the garden, we will look at using different media but in a way that brings them together – a direct link with our sense of calm!  It’s also important to create a space that can be appreciated one-to-one as well as by groups.  All components, including planting, need to be robust enough to take the level of use required by a public space – including wildlife – and this is the most challenging part of the project.


“Before we get to the planting stage, we will have completed the lion’s share of the project. From the outset, planning the garden will be the most important part including all due diligence we need to complete. However, the planting is the part that creates most excitement for everyone and even after all the thousands of plants we’ve planted, it is the part I always enjoy.

“Many people love gardens and it’s a great bonding past-time. We are all very excited to be working and interacting with everyone on this new project and like to think we’ll be part of the community in no time!”