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Blooming Lovely Project for Tamworth

07/05/2013

An appeal has gone out for plants, bird feeders and garden tools to help make Tamworth Community Fire Station’s sensory garden an attractive feature for local people to enjoy.

"Creating the sensory garden, which has a variety of textures to walk on and touch, is an exciting project involving the local community. Now we want to make it really special with lots of plants and shrubs, especially those that appeal to the senses..."

Kate Staples, Community Liaison Officer

An appeal has gone out for plants, bird feeders and garden tools to help make Tamworth Community Fire Station’s sensory garden an attractive feature for local people to enjoy.

The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Safer Communities Community Interest Company (CIC) is working with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, pupils at St Gabriel’s Primary School, local scout groups, Groundwork West Midlands and local neighbourhood co-ordinators to develop the garden.

Kate Staples, Community Liaison Officer for the Safer Communities CIC, said: “The partners have worked hard to landscape the sensory garden beside the new fire station in Marlborough Way. Creating the sensory garden, which has a variety of textures to walk on and touch, is an exciting project involving the local community. Now we want to make it really special with lots of plants and shrubs, especially those that appeal to the senses with their rustling leaves, pretty foliage and flowers or gorgeous aromas. We are also keen to add a few vegetables or herbs that can be eaten.

“We are appealing to local businesses and individuals to do their bit for the project by donating plants and shrubs, garden tools, a water butt or bird feeding equipment. Two planting out days are planned on June 6 and 12 so that we can make the garden look its best for its official opening day on July 11.”

Among the plants it is hoped to include in the garden are brightly coloured sunflowers, Love-in-a-Mist, Nasturtium and Swiss chard; scented Chameleon, curry plant, lavender, spearmint, sweetpeas and rosemary;  and rustling bamboos, grasses and sweetcorn.

The sensory garden project was made possible thanks to a £5,000 grant from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Fund. The garden will be open for use to all community groups and will also be a multi-sensory feature for sensory-impaired local residents. Groundwork, which specialises in using the environment as a catalyst for sustainable regeneration, has facilitated the technical elements of the project. 

Tamworth Community Fire Station is one of 10 fire stations in the county built under the first phase of a PFI initiative. The station became operational in December 2010 and opened to the public in January 2011. It has state-of-the-art facilities and a dedicated community room for use by local groups and organisations. 

The sensory garden has three areas each of which is tended by a community group - St Gabriel’s School, local scouts and a community café based at the fire station.

For more information about the community garden contact Kate Staples on 01785 898516 or email  safercommunities@staffordshirefire.gov.uk