Chichester care home unveils sensory garden

Activities co-ordinator Sue Townend at the opening of the new sensory garden at the Augusta Court Care Home.'''Picture by Louise Adams C131272-2 Chi Sensory Garden
Activities co-ordinator Sue Townend at the opening of the new sensory garden at the Augusta Court Care Home.'''Picture by Louise Adams C131272-2 Chi Sensory Garden

A SENSORY garden has opened at a Chichester care home.

Residents and staff at Augusta Court, in Winterbourne Road, celebrated the official opening of the garden this month.

Manager Deirdre Johnson said the garden was created so everyone could enjoy it, with strong-smelling herbs so residents with dementia could also use the garden.

“The handymen, activities coordinator and volunteers had worked on the garden.

“The herbs are being used in the kitchen and on the dining room tables to provide lovely aromas whilst our residents are eating,” she said.

“The world can be a confusing place for some older people so we included features and plants to make a positive experience for them.”

She said residents could enjoy their own herb garden and raised beds while others could sit in the shade, observing insects pollinating the flowering plants.

People at the home had an active role in planting the flowering plants.

The garden contains decking – enabling residents to walk around safely using a handrail.

The garden’s construction was partly funded by the Chichester Lions Club. The Lions fundraise and support a number of charitable causes in the area.

To find out more about Augusta Court, call 0845 140 2020.