Swanton’s Southfield House service has launched a new ambitious project to design, develop and build an incredible sensory garden and an allotment that will benefit the people who they support but also the whole community of Slamannan.

The ambitious project has been drawn up by a team of staff, horticultural experts and relatives of people supported at the service near Falkirk.

Regional Director Davie Brand says the garden is designed to take people on a journey through the senses, providing therapeutic benefits for those who use it.

The allotment area will consist of, potting sheds and herb garden, where the team hope both people supported at Southfields and members of the community can learn new skills and interests.

Estimated to take two years, the team hope to break ground in the garden this summer and begin turning their dreams into a reality.

To get the project (out and) off the ground, Swanton Care and Community will release critical funds.

Davie said: “This garden will transform the lives of the people we support and young people in the local area.

“We want to create something where they can learn, find purpose and develop new skills.

“The plans we have will put Southfield at the heart of the community, providing educational, employment, vocational and volunteering opportunities.

Davie and his team first began thinking about the project after the service had a ground floor refurbishment and remodelled their sensory room.

The work was done with support from an interior designer, who is mum to one of the people supported at Southfield.

For the garden project, the team are being aided by Caroline and Daniel Lambie, whose son Sean lives at the service.

Davie added: “Caroline and Daniel have a lot of experience in this type of work, and their help has been invaluable so far.

“Together, we want to create something exceptional that’ll be a wonderful space for the people we support to relax in too.

“This garden has incredible potential to enhance the lives of so many people in the community. We’re excited to bring it to life with the help of kind support, involvement and contributions .”