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14 January 2022

Love Your Garden

by Jess Chenery

The sensory swing.

Just before Christmas, a special episode of Alan Titchmarsh’s Love Your Garden aired on ITV. In the episode, Alan and his top team of horticulturalists create a magical sensory garden for Amelia – a nine-year-old girl with cerebral palsy. And our team of sensory experts were able to get involved with the project, offering advice, support, and a very special swing.

 

Amelia and her bright smile

Amelia’s Story

Because of her condition, Amelia is regularly too ill to leave the house, which means she doesn’t get to explore her senses in nature as much as she’d like to. Her mum Shabnam describes how difficult this can be for Amelia, as being outside in nature lifts her spirits and boosts her wellbeing.

Inspired by Amelia’s story, Alan and his team started designing a magical sensory garden for her and her family to enjoy. An accessible outdoor space where Amelia would have the opportunity to freely explore her senses in nature.

 

 

Danny constructing the swing

The Design

Alongside calming water features, an aesthetic folly, and blooms of sweet-smelling flowers sits a circular play space with a special sensory swing in its centre – one of Amelia’s favourite pastimes!

Surrounded by dreamy plants, the swing is bathed in a magical fairy-tale glow, perfect for stimulating Amelia’s imagination and offing a calming space for her to explore her senses.

Swings and their rhythmic motion also provide relaxing vestibular stimulation that helps users become more comfortable and confident in their bodies and the way they move, which will hopefully help Amelia in her personal and physical development.

 

 

Alan and Amelia's mum watch her swining on her new sensory swing.

Overall

Overall, Amelia’s garden transformation was an incredible success. Watching her face light up as she and her mum explored their new garden was as magical as the space itself.

We’re really proud to have played our part in supporting Amelia’s sensory journey.

 

 

Amelia and her mum in the sensory garden

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