Corby sensory garden ready to blossom

The sensory garden at Coronation Park, Corby, starts to take shape
The sensory garden at Coronation Park, Corby, starts to take shape

A special garden that has taken two years to bloom is nearing completion.

The Friends of Coronation Park in Corby wanted to recreate a sensory garden in the park but were finding it difficult to find someone to design one for them, and to get funding for the project.

Having been turned down by a number of garden designers and landscapers because they did not have any money for the project, the group approached a firm called Outer Space.

Creative director Joe Francis agreed to create some concept sketches for free and the project snowballed from there.

The Friends then managed to get £50,000 Lottery funding via the People’s Millions for the garden and Outer Space started work.

The brightly coloured pathways have been laid and most of the planting will take place in the spring.

The garden will be opened to the general public from Monday.

Part of the stipulation of the Lottery was that the group had to set up a separate committee for the sensory garden and Susan Lowe is its chairman.

She said: “It’s taken two years but it’s coming together really well.

“We’ve got a few plants in but it’s coming to the end of the season so the rest will be done in the spring.

“There are different pathways with different textures, a raised bed for wheelchair users and there will be different plants for different scents and touch.

“There are also brightly coloured walkways for partially sighted people.

“Joe Francis, landscape gardener Josh Jupp and all the workforce have been really helpful.”

The group still needs money to buy more plants. Anyone who would like to donate is asked to email Mrs Lowe at mrssusanlowe@msn.com.