Making a difference – Gardens and Health funding

Making a difference – Gardens and Health funding

We are delighted to share how our Gardening and Wellbeing grants will be enriching lives in the North East. With the help of funding from the National Garden Scheme the North Northumberland Branch of the National Autistic Society will be opening a brand new sensory garden at Howick Hall on Sunday 10th June 2018.

Designed and created by Natasha McEwen, garden designer and Assistant County Organiser for the National Garden Scheme Northumberland and Tyne and Wear, the new sensory garden will help to raise awareness and make a difference to the lives of people living with autism throughout Northumberland and beyond. Set within the extensive and beautiful grounds of Howick Hall, chosen by BBC Gardeners’ World magazine as one of the top five coastal gardens in the country, it will be a safe space for families to come and to hold regular sessions. The National Autistic Society is one of the gardens and health beneficiaries of the National Garden Scheme and we are delighted to see the amazing results our funding has helped to create.

Plants and materials are laid out in such a way as to stimulate the senses of sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. There’s a labyrinth circle, an interactive water feature, willow dome circle, tumbled glass pond with wooden bridge and a wooden swing seat. The aim of the sensory garden is to provide both children and adults with autism a safe and stimulating environment to explore their senses. Howick Hall garden, as well as being a plantsman’s paradise, has a special atmosphere of peace and tranquillity. The Sensory Garden will be officially opened on Saturday 9th June by Anya Ridley, a Neuroscientist, and her husband, Viscount Ridley, and will open to the public on Sunday 10th June. There is no additional fee to visit the sensory garden, standard entrance fees to Howick Hall Gardens will apply. Howick Hall Gardens are open daily from 10.30 to 6pm (last entry 5pm). For more information visit Howick Hall Gardens.