The Tonbridge Town Team set up a community gardening project two years ago with the aim of improving areas of the town which were litter strewn and otherwise neglected.
Building on this initiative and with £1,000 from Richard Long’s KCC Community Member Grant, it has been able to launch its ‘Building a Dementia Friendly Tonbridge’ project and add a sensory garden to the area around the Angel Community Centre in Tonbridge.
The sensory garden links up with the chequerboard area near to where the Town Team has been working and is a perfect venue as it is away from traffic, safe for children, accessible for those with poor or limited mobility and quiet for those living with dementia.
Sensory gardens are proven to have a beneficial effect on people who live with conditions which result in sensory deprivation, such as dementia and certain forms of autism.
By making the sensory garden a raised bed it will give access to older residents who may enjoy the idea of gardening but have mobility issues and will also serve those who are wheelchair users.
The project is all inclusive and enables everyone to get involved, with community events planned throughout the year for all ages and abilities, including a Christmas market and activities during Dementia Awareness Week.