Sensory Garden - Farriers Way

Sensory Garden opens at Farriers Way Community Centre

Communities 1st are delighted to announce that Mayor Cllr. Brenda Batton officially opened the new sensory garden outside Farriers Way Community Centre, on Monday 23 July 2018.

The landscaped sensory garden has been made possible, thanks to the grant from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme which was secured by Clarion Futures Communities, co-ordinated by Community Hertsmere. ENGIE with support from Mangan’s Construction Ltd donated a further £12500 in manpower to build the sensory garden which transformed the entrance to Farriers Way Centre into a place where residents and the local community can relax and socialise.

The new garden benefits from solar powered water fountains, raised beds with mixed herbs, vegetables, a variety of flowers and grasses and a new seating area encouraging local residents to sit, relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the garden. 

The Mayor, Councillor Brenda Batton said: “The garden is a beautiful use of space that is relaxing and peaceful. It’s wonderful that local residents, users of Farriers Way Centre and the children from the nursey can now enjoy this lovely outside area. We are always looking to build strong relationships with the local community – this garden will become a space where people can come together and share in the joy of gardening.”

Judie Obeya, Neighbourhood Investment Manager at Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group, said: “At Clarion Futures we’re committed to improving neighbourhoods for our residents to enjoy. Receiving this funding from Tesco Bags of Help meant a beautiful outdoor space could be created outside Farriers Way Community Centre. I’d like to thank everyone involved in creating the sensory garden and hope it will be enjoyed by residents and the wider community for years to come.”

Stephen Craker, Chief Executive of Communities 1st said:  'It’s great to have encouraged and supported a wide range of volunteers who have worked tirelessly in getting the garden ready in time for some glorious summer weather. In addition to the organisations that made this project possible, I would also like to thank ASCEND for the gardening course they ran, teaching local residents how to plant and maintain a sensory garden. We’re now looking forward to more outdoor activities and events which can be enjoyed by residents and the local community.'

Julian Sanz, Community Impact Manager, ENGIE said: “It has been a real labour of love seeing this project go from an idea to a reality, the new sensory garden is a true community project with local residents really buying into the initiative, from the nursery children and local residents all taking part. ENGIE hope that the residents continue to enjoy this new community space for years to come and that it attracts further volunteers as people see what a great space it is.”

One of the first residents to take advantage of the new surrounds said: “My son and daughter go to the nursey near the community garden and they love it. Every day we come out and we’ve spotted tomatoes and seen flowers and we talk about them and it’s just made such a difference to their entrance to the Nursey and when they come out. I think it’s a brilliant initiative, so thank you very much for all the work that you’ve done. We love it.”

The new sensory garden will be opened throughout the year to give all residents, and their families and friends, the chance to enjoy the rich aromas and scenery throughout the seasons.

Get involved! To help keep the sensory garden going contact Nazra Zuhyle, Community Development Officer at or call on 020 3559 3559