Funding for sensory garden

Sensory garden
Sensory garden

A cash boost for Oakburn Park Day Care in Milngavie

will be used to create an

innovative sensory garden for people with dementia.

The Bank of Scotland Foundation awarded a grant of £11,000 to the housing provider, Bield, which runs the centre, to be used to develop the project.

Work to create the garden is expected to begin next spring, when new plants will be put in place to help the people who are cared for at the centre.

Sensory gardens have been proven to have positive benefits for older people and those living with dementia.

They provide a calm atmosphere and sensory experience, with plants to smell and touch, helping to lower blood pressure and stress levels.

The different smells and touch available in sensory gardens can also encourage people to reminisce as they are reminded of past experiences.

Furthermore, the eco-garden will encourage those who attend the development’s day care service to use the garden for exercise, as well as providing people with a healthy dose of Vitamin D.

This is the fourth grant that Bield have received from The Bank of Scotland Foundation.

Donna McCallum, deputy manager at the Oakburn Park Day Care, said: “In previous years, the money we have generously received from the Bank of Scotland Foundation has gone towards our evening service, which has been great and so well received.

“However, we’re delighted to see this year’s grant go towards something different and exciting.

“The planned sensory eco-garden is a great way to get people outside while remaining within a safe and stable environment where our staff can remain close by.

“We are also hoping that the current area dedicated for those who attend our day care service to plant flowers, fruit and veg, will be expanded with the arrival of the new garden.

“We use everything that we grow in the garden in our kitchen, so it will be fantastic to have a greater variety of fruit and vegetables available.

“Ultimately, we hope the new garden will provide a calm, relaxing and safe place, as well as encourage people to socialise and interact more with others who use our service.”