It’s full steam ahead for Cedar House’s sensory garden

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A SPALDING respite centre is looking forward to a rosier future by pressing ahead with plans for a sensory garden.

Staff at Cedar House, which offers respite care for disabled people, came up with the idea of creating a garden full of brightly-coloured and sweet-smelling flowers, as well as wind chimes and other features, last year – just before receiving the bad news that Cedar House was threatened with closure under Lincolnshire County Council spending cuts.

They had already set about raising the £1,000 they thought they would need to fulfil the project, but the garden had to be put on the back-burner while staff concentrated their efforts on saving the centre – and the money was set aside.

But the future now looks more promising, with the possibility of a private operator stepping forward to run it, so the garden is go and it’s full steam ahead this week to make it take shape.

A team from RAF Coningsby got proceedings off to a good start by moving in to carry out the heavy work forming the basis of the new garden.

Staff will then start the planting and finishing off to hopefully create a new garden for service users to enjoy by the end of June.

They are then hoping to show off the finished product by holding an open event, including a barbecue, for users, their families and members of the public on August 11.

Cedar House staff member Rachael Greensill said: “I think a lot of our users will visit the new sensory garden when it is finished and get a lot of enjoyment out of it.”