The Wayland Partnership Sensory Garden: a calm and quiet space for the local community
The Wayland Partnership Sensory Garden is a wonderful, fairly recent, addition to the local area of Watton, just off the high street, tucked away between the Dragonfly Gallery and Watton Library. Completed in 2018, the main funder was the Postcode Lottery Trust, with additional sums from Tesco Bags of Help, and Screwfix. The Prince's Trust provided volunteers who created decking and painted murals. Mark Lyons, a local paving company, created the ground works at a loss to help the project. Men's Shed also very generously gave their time and helped out with work creating flowerbeds for the garden.
The garden was opened by the Bishop of Norwich who has long been a supporter of the Partnership and its work. Local people have kindly donated plants and equipment, and one local resident, also a gallery volunteer, kindly sponsors the upkeep of one of our flowerbeds. We now have a small band of local volunteers who plant and maintain the garden on a weekly / bimonthly basis.
More recently, the partnership have had plans to extend the use of the garden (open to the public alongside gallery open times) in partnership with Watton Library, as part of plans to utilise the space for creative writing. We are also planning to work with the local primary schools to produce some artwork inspired by the garden,
We are always looking for more volunteers to assist us with the upkeep and maintenance of the garden, be it some occasional weeding or watering the plants, please contact the partnership if this is something you feel that you could help with.