A LARGE willow sculpture has arrived at the Apuldram Centre.
The centre worked for three days with artists Mark and Rebecca from Two Circles Design to create the willow sculpture.
“The Apuldram Centre trainees were kindly sponsored by Southern Water to plant a willow bed at the centre to aid flooding and to create a fantastic sculpture for our sensory garden,” said Sally Milligan, from the Apuldram Centre.
“The trainees will be planting 200 sunflowers around the sculpture for a stunning display this summer.
“The sustainable willow bed will be coppiced by the trainees each year in the autumn to make various items out of willow such as heart-shaped sweet pea supports, obelisks, bird feeders and Christmas wreaths to sell in our on-site shop.
“You could stop for a cup of tea and one of our delicious homemade scones.”
The centre was awarded funding from Chichester Harbour Conservancy to create the sensory garden.
An area of waste land was converted and a wildlife pond, bog garden, wild flowers and an insect hotel have all been created by those who use the service.
The Apuldram Centre, in Appledram, provides for adults with learning difficulties and has a tea and plant shop.
The willow sculpture is available for everyone to visit, from Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm.