Sensory Garden Project, Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Stroud
In partnership with the Landscaping Team at Stratford Park, work has continued at pace to complete Phase 1 of the sensory garden. If you are visiting the park or leisure centre at any time you will be able to see the fantastic work that has been achieved by our volunteers. The area where the garden is being created can be found outside the main leisure centre entrance, what was the old putting green area, slightly hidden by the green shed that the group use for coffee, lunch and wet weather breaks!
The work by volunteers has been of a really good standard. We were asked to build a dry stone wall that is very ‘front of house’ for the public to see, which was quite a challenge for all involved, especially as some volunteers had no experience of walling. But everyone ‘mucked’ in, literally - learning to use a cement mixer for the Cotswold stone capping for the top of the wall. I have to say the walling work looks really great and everyone that has taken part in that bit of the project has gained lots of new skills - see photo of walling being finished.
Since the dry stone wall has been finished, time has been spent planting up in areas of the newly created bank. An order for further plants is due in the next few weeks so that the final planting and tidying up of Phase 1 will be finally complete.
I have to firstly say a big THANK YOU to all the volunteers involved in this part of the project, once again if it hadn’t been their interest and commitment in the project, we would not have met the deadlines. Total volunteer hours involved in the project so far are 562 hrs - meaning an in-kind contribution of over £3,500!
A big THANK YOU as well must go to Mike McCrea and the Landscaping Team, for their support and guidance through the different aspects of the project so far. Due to the standard of work that our volunteers achieved, the Wednesday Group working alongside Mike and his team hope to be tasked with further projects around the leisure centre parks and gardens in the next few months.