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06 April 2009

Friends of Vivary Park can taste the money!

The Friends of Vivary Park group, in Taunton, has secured £22,000 from the Lottery-funded Community Spaces programme to create a sensory garden. Plans for the garden include outdoor musical instruments and water features, as well as smell and taste zones to stimulate well-being.  

The unique design of the garden takes into account the history of Vivary Park - originally a vivarium that produced fish for Taunton Castle and the monastery. The garden will consist of fish-shaped paving and planted beds in the shape of lily pads.

Vivary Park before work on pond 
The land will be contoured to make the garden easier for people to navigate round, such as wider paths and softer slopes. With fragrant plants for tasting and smelling, the Vivary Park sensory garden promises to be something a bit different from the norm.

Shaun Cregan, chairman of the Friends of Vivary Park, said, “We can’t wait to get this project off the ground. There’s been a lot of work done to make sure that the sensory garden is accessible for people of all ages and physical capabilities.

“There have been many organisations involved in the development of this project, as well as input from college and university students. With so much local input, we hope that the garden will be well looked after for years to come.”

Vivary Park sensory garden is the first project in the South West to be awarded a Community Spaces grant. The programme, funded by Big Lottery Fund and managed by Groundwork UK, helps community groups across England improve and create a range of public spaces - from play areas, community gardens, local parks and city farms to ponds, kick-about areas, squares and village greens.

Tony Hawkhead, Groundwork Chief Executive, said, “The plans for Vivary Park sensory garden sound highly innovative. It’s great to hear how involved everyone has been locally and I’m sure the garden will prove to be an attractive and well-used addition to the park.”

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