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Published May 3rd 2019
The smells and touch of new garden come to life
A new sensory garden has been created in the Staffordshire town of Tamworth as part of a competition that celebrates all things floral. Local community care group, Care First, have joined forces with Tamworth Borough Council's Street Scene team to create a 'sight, sound, touch, smell and taste' sensory garden as part of this year's Tamworth in Bloom project. Care First have been busy planting new beds of herbs, grasses and plants in the dementia sensory garden area in Tamworth Castle Grounds, just below the entrance to the Ankerside shopping centre. The sensory garden is designed to create a space that the community can gain health benefits from, as smells such as lavender are calming, while touching different elements can help reduce stress. The bedding includes a pebble area, artificial turf, wind chimes, herbs and grasses, all designed to create a space that can be a sensory garden for all to enjoy.

Tamworth in Bloom
Work on the new sensory garden takes shape


Care First is a locally based group that offers practical, fun and City and Guilds accredited learning opportunities for adults aged 16 and over, who have mild to moderate learning difficulties. The specialist training works in partnership with Birmingham Metropolitan College, delivering workshop based learning in a community-based setting. The Tamworth group was created more than ten years ago. Learning opportunities are created around gardening and horticulture and include activities such as building bird boxes, working with the Wildlife Trust, planting and growing fruit and vegetables, growing and creating colourful flower arrangements, understanding business and selling their produce and plants at local markets. Stacey Bean from Care First Group, said: "Our students are excited to be involved with such an amazing campaign as Tamworth in Bloom. Creating a sensory garden in the Castle Grounds is a project that our students can be proud to show to their families and see the planting grow. Joining community-based projects helps our students develop social and practical skills within a friendly and supported environment."

Tamworth Castle Grounds
Tamworth Castle Grounds in their previous glory


Tamworth Borough Council is celebrating this year's Tamworth in Bloom campaign with the theme of 'Blooming Tamworth' – More than just flowers; with the focus on celebrating everything that is great about Tamworth including its community, events and history. Street Scene teams from Tamworth Borough Council will be out in force in the coming months to prepare the area for its summer floral display. At the same time, communities, groups, such as the volunteers who take care of local nature reserves, businesses and individuals are getting involved with some exciting new projects. As Tamworth is looking to strike gold for the tenth year in a row in the Heart of England in Bloom competition this year, the pressure is on to maintain the high standard of previous years. Adrian Barnes, Tamworth Borough Council's Castle Grounds Charge-hand, said: "There are many things to be proud of in Tamworth and I'm delighted that we have a range of events and projects to celebrate Tamworth within our Bloom programme as we aim to make it a decade of gold success."

Tamworth in Bloom
The new garden forms part of this year's Tamworth in Bloom


To get involved in this year's Tamworth In Bloom campaign, or for more information on sponsorship packages, contact Environmental Management on 01827 709445 or email environmentalmanagement@tamworth.gov.uk
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Why? New Sensory Garden Created In Castle Grounds
When: All the time
Where: Tamworth Castle Grounds, Holloway, Tamworth B79 7NA
Cost: Free
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