Students help garden to bloom
Down-to-earth students from Queen's College in Taunton have been helping create a lasting legacy in Vivary Park, Taunton, by planting hundreds of spring bulbs.
Down-to-earth students from Queen’s College in Taunton have been helping create a lasting legacy in Vivary Park, Taunton, by planting hundreds of spring bulbs.
The pupils donned wellies and grabbed spades to plant the bulbs in the park’s Sensory Garden – a haven of peace in the heart of town created by Taunton Deane Borough Council working in partnership with voluntary groups and schools.
The students worked with the Friends of Vivary Park and Taunton in Bloom on the latest planting and the bulbs will provide a sheet of spring colour in the garden for years to come.
The Sensory Garden has been created on the site of the old boating pond and is designed for people with sight, hearing, mobility and learning problems and planting is accessible for those in wheelchairs who will be able to touch and smell the herbs and flowers.
Plants have been chosen for their special qualities – ornamental grasses that whisper and rustle, aromatic herbs such as lime-scented thyme, rosemary and English lavender and choice species such as chocolate cosmos and sweet iris.
Cllr Catherine Herbert, who holds the leisure services portfolio, said: “It is great to see the students take the Sensory Garden to their hearts and help plant bulbs that will bring pleasure to so many people for years to come.
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“The garden is a fantastic example of how the Council works with community groups for the benefit of the Borough.”
Shaun Cregan, who chairs the Friends of Vivary Park, said: “The students did a great job and we are all grateful for their hard work.”