Bid to re-instate Corby park’s garden for the senses

Corby mayor Judy Caine and the carnival court at Coronation Park
Corby mayor Judy Caine and the carnival court at Coronation Park

A group of volunteers wants to raise enough money to re-instate a sensory garden in a well-loved town centre park.

The Friends of Coronation Park in Elizabeth Street, Corby, is trying to raise £40,000 to build the garden on the site of the current rose arbour.

The group’s events organiser Susan Lowe said they were trying to put the park back to how it was.

She said: “We feel the sensory garden needs to be replaced. If you talk to older people in the town about Coronation Park they say, ‘Oh, you mean the blind gardens’.

“Times have moved on and we want to make it appeal to all the senses.”

The group has drawn up plans for the new garden which will be in the shape of a flower with each petal representing a different sense and planted appropriately.

Musical instruments will be concreted into the design to represent sound.

The paths in the garden will be made of different textured materials and the group is hoping someone will donate a statue representing the senses for the middle.

They have applied to the People’s Millions for funds and recently held a popular Retro Sixties family fun day to raise cash.

Susan said: “We don’t know how much the event raised yet but we received almost £5,000 from the Lottery to help fund it. We would like local companies to help sponsor a flower bed for the garden.

“It’s for the people of Corby and we would like as many people as possible to get involved.”

If you would like to help with the project email coronation.park@yahoo.com.