The people supported at Darwin Place in Shropshire joined forces with staff this summer to create a sensory garden filled with art.

 

Budding creatives from the residential home came up with the concepts for a series of paintings to adorn the walls of the unique outside space.

 

They were particularly keen to have a picture of Ruby, the ‘home’s therapy dog-in-training’ in the collection, as well as drawings of staff seen from their perspective.

 

Once the ideas were agreed, home manager Christine Ward-Poole organised a shopping trip for the group to choose plants for the garden too.

 

Christine said: “The garden is a space that belongs to the people we support – we wanted them to take ownership of it and create a place they love to spend time in.

 

“Our deputy manager Claire Price is a talented artist, so she took the ideas and brought them to life. We are delighted by the results.”

 

Claire’s artwork had to be varnished after it was completed so it can remain outside all year round. Now the garden space is full of colour both on the walls and in the flower beds, where plants have been chosen to create an oasis of calm and tranquillity.

 

Christine added: “The people we support love being in the garden because they helped shape it.

 

“Everyone had fun working on the project together, and all the staff had a role to play too. Now we enjoy spending time outside together enjoying the look, scent and feel of the garden. Fingers crossed the weather is kind to us for a few more weeks at least!”

 

Darwin Place is a supported living facility for adults living with learning disabilities and challenging behaviours in Much Wenlock, near Telford.