The sensory garden will be opened by Jo Hudgell who heads The Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust. The fund, which supports good causes throughout Yorkshire, has sponsored the garden’s creation.
A new garden appealing to all the senses will be officially opened on July 16th 2013 at Densholme Care Farm, Great Hatfield, near Hornsea.
The sensory garden, covering about 15 square meters, is designed to be enjoyed by all users of the farm which include people with physical and learning difficulties, mental health issues and addictions, and young people on an alternative curriculum.
The sensory garden, which has plants to engage all senses, is the idea of Rachael Fell-Chambers, director of the Care Farm, who felt it would be an asset of great benefit to clients. Sally Abrahams, farm administrator, then secured £1,000 from the Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust in January and work started in February.
Sally Abrahams said: “The garden is a stimulating, yet peaceful area that will benefit all our clients. Already it’s been a project that everyone on the farm has been involved in from the early ideas, design and planning, through to its construction and on-going maintenance and upkeep.
“It’s been a labour of love and taken four months but everyone has really enjoyed the process. It’s still in its infancy but will grow and flourish with time and over the years.”
Densholme Care Farm is a social enterprise based on an organic farm. As well as the new sensory garden, there are animals, a market garden, herb garden, woodland and orchards. These facilities and the agricultural landscape are used to help people improve their physical and mental well-being, increase their social skills, form new friendships and learn to work as part of a team. The farm is also an accredited delivery centre for the Open College Network and offers courses to clients in areas such as building and construction, animal care and horticulture.
The Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust was set up in 2012 to mark the 15th anniversary of Neil Hudgell Solicitors, specialists in compensation claims for personal injury, medical negligence and professional negligence. The firm, which employs 100 staff, serves clients in England and Wales from offices in Hull and Leeds.
Every three months, the Trust can award up to £15,000 – made up of 15 grants, each worth up to £1,000. In its first year, the Trust has given nearly £50,000 to 60 organisations in Yorkshire.
Jo Hudgell, head of The Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust, said: “We are delighted to be able to support Densholme Care Farm by sponsoring the sensory garden. We hope it enhances the amazing work the farm already does and will be enjoyed by a huge range of people.
“The Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust was established to help local organisations and we hope we’ll get more applications from other groups which are working to benefit their local communities.”
As well as the generous funding from the Trust, Densholme Care Farm thanks the following for their help and contribution:-
All clients, visitors, volunteers and staff for their ideas and hard work in the making of the garden, Veolia Environmental Services for laying the pathway, Steve Bromley, Worklink Sewerby for all his advice on plants/planting and for supplying the plants, Woods of Hornsea for all their help, advice and courteous service and supply of the building materials, Paul Sundborg for the generous donation of the gravel and water feature and Abi of Bohemia Flowers in Hornsea for the ribbons for the launch.