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New sensory garden at animal sanctuary near Chard
9:30am Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
VISITORS to Ferne Animal Sanctuary, near Chard, can enjoy an added attraction from now on.
The Mayor of Chard is opening a sensory garden featuring fragrant grasses, herbs and flowers, water features and musical chimes.
Volunteers behind the project, which has been five years in the making, have invited several groups along to see the results of their work.
Members of Chard and Crewkerne After Stroke Group, Ilminster Rotary Club, Yeovil Visually Impaired Bowls Club and Millwater School are attending the opening at 11am.
Suzie Beament, senior fundraising and marketing officer at Ferne, said: “All the groups we have invited have been saying how wonderful it is. It is a really great interactive environment.
“There are different types of gravel and wood chipping on the ground, and different smells as you walk around, and optical illusion discs. It is set next to the ponds, so it is really picturesque.
“The Mayor, Cllr Jenny Kenton, will be giving a speech and one of our volunteers, Charlie Power, who has a form of autism, is cutting the ribbon. Then we will have photos and invite everyone inside for drinks in the restaurant.”
The project began in 2009 when volunteers completed the groundwork on the site with the help of a grant of £4,000 from South Somerset District Council.
The team was able to finish the work thanks to a second grant of £1,000, together with some of its own funds.
Now the garden is finished, the team is encouraging groups to come in and help maintain it.
“We have a great group of volunteers,” said Suzie. “A man in his early eighties comes in nearly every day.”
The sanctuary is open seven days a week 9am to 5pm. Entry is free and it is fully accessible by wheelchair. For more information visit www.ferne animalsanctuary.org
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