Creating a Sensory Garden, Stratford Park, Stroud 

Sensory garden 1The first stages of work building disabled footpaths at Stratford Park’s Sensory Garden Project are underway. This project is a partnership between Stroud Valleys Project, Stroud District Council (SDC) and other organisations. It won partial funding through Tesco supermarket’s ‘Blue Token’ community scheme that run with additional funding coming from SDC to support the project.

Phase 2 of the project is mapping out and creating the main disabled access paths through the sensory garden areas. At the moment the group are setting and fixing the footpath edging - an interesting task when fixing and bending metal edging.

 WheSensory garden 2n the footpaths are finished, the topping of the path will be a fine bonding aggregate with Type 1 crushed stone underneath, enabling wheelchair-bound and other members of the public to walk along the sinuous pathways. Both electricity and water supplies are also being fitted during this phase of the project. These will supply water and a power source for a number of the sensory features that will be created in the final Phase 3 of the project that hopes to engage with committed groups in creating different sensory areas in the garden.SDC Logo




Creating a new Sensory Garden in Stratford Park

Sensory garden

We are working in partnership with Stroud District Council and other community groups to create a new Sensory Garden in Stratford Park.


We have secured funding and plan to start working with volunteers on to the site on Wednesdays in May/June for a year.

Please get in touch with us if you are interested in joining the team.




In partnership with thSensory Garden Projecte 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.

Sensgdn comp01resizedSince 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.

Stroud Valleys Project is a limited company,
registered in England and Wales.    

Registered number: 2224016    

Registered charity number: 900107

Stroud Valleys Project,
8 Threadneedle Street,

Tel: 01453 753358

Fax: 01453 755641


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