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This garden is bringing joy to Preston’s disability centre

Posted on - 4th October, 2017 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - News, Preston City Centre
One of the new sensory flower beds
One of the new sensory flower beds

People with disabilities in Preston are gaining access to a new sensory garden.

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Lavender, winter snow plants and potatoes – donated by a Lancashire garden centre – have been planted at Preston Day Services.

The Gerrard Street centre, off Fishergate Hill, provides support to people with disabilities.

Cabinet member for adult services county councillor Graham Gooch said: “The garden is a great facility.

“Staff and people who use the centre have put in a lot of hard work to ensure the garden has a variety of plants with different textures, colours and smells so it can be enjoyed by everyone, including people with sensory impairments.

“People will also be able to use the new garden to improve their skills. They will be working with the staff to help grow vegetables, and will be using them as ingredients on the cooking courses that are run here.

“Facilities like this improve people’s well-being by helping them to connect to the environment around them as they take time to enjoy looking at the plants, shrubs and wildlife in the garden.”

Read more: A Changing Places toilet is finally coming to Preston city centre

The derelict land outside the centre, run by Lancashire County Council, is now used to grow vegetables for cookery courses.

All of the plants, shrubs and vegetables have been donated by Dobbies Garden Centre.

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