The Sensory Garden

When I was a kid, my gran’s garden in St Margaret’s Road was stunning. I remember every detail like it was yesterday, from the huge sycamore tree at the bottom of the garden to the brightly coloured fuschia bush that was always alive with bees, the rockery filled with vibrant yellow hypericum and soft furry stachys leaves, and the strongly scented climbing rose around the door. Twenty five years on, I could still walk you around the garden and tell you where everything was, such was the impact of that sensory experience.

Sensory stimulation needs to be a key factor in the development of our community garden. Taste, touch, visual, smell and sound elements add to the experience, having a profound therapeutic effect on the individual. For disabled children, however, the effect is not only one of relaxation but developmental to their awareness of the world around them. A 2008 study demonstrated how gardens can increase communication and develop team working skills in children with learning disabilities, and can help them to develop positive relationships with adults. The sensory stimulation allows the individual to maintain the focus, which helps to ease anxiety and regulate mood. At the moment, we are sitting with a blank canvas for a community garden that can benefit the lives of so many in Central Ardrossan and the surrounding areas. If you think you could help with the development of the garden, please drop me an email chair@threetownsgrowers.org

Denise x

 

Progress Report

Good morning all! It’s not even a day for hiding in the polytunnel, its like winter out there! Out the window I can see my wind monitors (aka kniphofia flowers) being batted about the place. Let’s hope it doesn’t last

Well, what a year we’ve had so far. Since allocation day in February, the site has been transformed into a little community. I’m pleased to say that this extends to regular visitors too, who love to wander round and see the transformations taking place as individual plots become thriving food producing spaces. That public interaction is important to the project, as the work of Three Towns Growers doesn’t stop at 49 allotment plots. We’ve committed to providing all members of the community having the opportunity to benefit from our project.

I’m currently in discussions with the committee about our strategy for the coming year, and news of that will follow shortly. We are looking to provide a series of activities and workshops in the community hub, that will provide opportunities for community members to meet people and maybe learn something new. The main focus will of course be gardening, but now and again we will do something a bit different. The first of these will be seen this month, with a square foot gardening workshop. Watch this space for dates!

Happy Gardening 🙂

Denise

Welcome

Welcome to the website of Three Towns Growers, a group dedicated to promoting health, well being and sustainability within our community. In February 2016 we opened a community allotment site within Elm Park in Ardrossan, and are currently working towards developing a community garden and community health hub within the site. If you would like to know more about Three Towns Growers, or any of our projects, or to find out how to get involved, please contact us using the form below.