Civic guests open sensory garden

Opening of the new sensory garden at Asquith Hall Care Home, Burnley Road, Todmorden
Opening of the new sensory garden at Asquith Hall Care Home, Burnley Road, Todmorden

RESIDENTS and staff of Asquith Hall, Todmorden, invited Mayor and Mayoress of Todmorden Coun Richard White and Rev Sandy White to open their sensory garden.

Joy Potton, wife of owner Barry Potton, and manager of the Burnley Road nursing home, Janet Thompson, welcomed the civic couple.

The sensory garden is eco-friendly, using solar powered fountains and lighting and features reclaimed wood, has a safe surface for residents to walk on, uses non-toxic plants and shrubs and many of the gardening areas are at wheelchair height to enable disabled residents to enjoy them.

Janet said: “Residents have helped us with it through their gardening club and there is a memorial corner to remember residents who have passed on.”

It is a work in progress, offering activity and therapy to residents, using touch and smell, and the next step would be to make mobiles, wind chimes and hanging baskets, she said.

The civic couple, who went on to enjoy afternoon tea with the residents, said they were very impressed with the garden.