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Project information

Ferne Animal Sanctuary Sensory Garden

To create a relaxing but stimulating environment for the physically and mentally disabled.
Varied planters with shrubs, herbs, heathers etc will be placed around the garden with a central water feature/pond containing Koi Carp.
Convex and concave mirrors to stimulate.

Approx 6-8 weeks

Charity information: Ferne Animal Sanctuary

Ferne Animal Sanctuary logo
  • Need


    A serious lack of free amenities for the disabled/able bodied alike.
    There is nowhere within 20 miles of us providing a similar experience.
    Having researched the problem I have found local organisations to be very excited at the prospect of a sensory garden in our area.


    Many local organisations will be able to visit us on a regular basis free of charge and experience he benefits of the garden all year round.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a safe environment for people to visit and experience all aspects of the garden


    » Contact local organisations for their input and ideas. Involve local schools and youth clubs to create projects for them to become involved.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...demonstrated by the number of clubs and organisations visiting us.

  • Impact


    A new sensory garden in the area will provide a long term experience for visitors.
    The changing seasons will bring new experiences every week.
    Success of the garden will be defined by the increased visitor numbers


    We have our own Health & Safety officer who will provide a full risk assessment for the garden.
    We can see no other risks involved as we have researched this idea for some time now and have clubs and organisations queuing up to visit us.


    A regular quarterly newsletter will be sent out as well as regular updates by email.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £19,450

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      Amount Heading Description
      £19,450 Sensory Garden Ground work, Plants, Trees, Water Feature, Plans, Consultancy, Activity Units

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    South Somerset District Council £5,000 Guaranteed
    Self Funded from The Sanctuary fundraising events £1,300 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Within Ferne Animal sanctuary.
    We are a charity providing refuge for over 300 animals.
    We have 51 acres of lovely Somerset countryside.


    Everyone can enjoy the experience but primarily we are looking for local clubs/organisations with physical/mental disabilities and hearing and visually impaired.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are in a peaceful area not far from the main A30 road.
    No other attraction near us has a sensory garden.
    We have full disabled toilet facilities within east reach of the planned garden.
    We have a restaurant and tearoom to provide refreshment.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    Each organisation/club will have their own carers or volunteers to assist.