Sensory garden moves a step closer with £2,000 donation

By Tristan Harris 26/04 Updated: 26/04 14:35

Buy photos » Shane Robinson, Wates' project manager, with Bromsgrove Rotary Club's senior vice-president Bob Foxall. Picture by Tristan Harris.

THE SENSORY garden which is being built in Sanders Park by Bromsgrove Rotary Club to celebrate its 75th anniversary has moved a step closer after a £2,000 donation.

The cash has come from construction firm Wates Living Space and the West Mercia Housing Group (WMHG), which are working together, along with Bromsgrove District Housing Trust (BDHT), for the Perryfields development.

The coffers for the Diamond Sensory Garden, which will cost around £20,000 to build, are now up to £15,000 with that donation, along with £10,000 from the Len Giles Trust and other contributions.

Len Giles was a long-standing Bromsgrove shoe shop owner who was a Rotarian for many years.

Having no relatives or children, he left his residual estate to form a trust for the benefit of the people of Bromsgrove district.

The Diamond Sensory Garden is in the shape of the Rotary wheel and features pathways, a seating area, a box hedge, a shallow water channel and a central wishing well.

There is also a variety of plants in the sensory garden which will stimulate the five senses - sound, smell, hearing, touch and taste.

Although it can be enjoyed by everyone, it will be particularly beneficial to the visually impaired and those with dementia, among others.

Individuals and businesses which have contributed to the project will be featured on a special roll of honour.

Speaking about the £2,000 donation, Bromsgrove Rotary Club president Ken Pheysey said: "This support will help our Rotary Club make progress with the provision of the unique Rotary Diamond Sensory Garden, which has been designed for you all to enjoy - it will provide access for everyone.

"Thank you for being so generous."

Shane Robinson, the project manager at Perryfields, said: "We at Wates are very-much community minded and when we heard about the Rotary Diamond Sensory Garden project, we wanted to be part of it and help where we could.

"We're delighted to have provided the funding."

The Perryfields development features 158 homes - 79 from BDHT and 79 from WMHG.

Of those, 84 are social rent properties, 55 are shared ownership and 19 are intermediate rent.

They consist of one and two bedroom flats, two, three and four bedroom houses and two bedroom houses.

For more on the Bromsgrove Rotary Club and the Diamond Sensory Garden, visit

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