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Project information

Sensory and Celebration Garden

Hoylake Cottages provides 24 hour nursing, respite and day facilities for older people and those with dementia. Our big idea is to create a new sensory and celebration garden for our residents, clients, their families and carers.

September 2011 - July 2012

Charity information: Hoylake Cottage

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  • Need


    The current outdoor space is very limited and consists of a small bricked area with patio furniture. There is currently no outdoor space for personal reflection and privacy and little stimulation to offer a calming and therapeutic atmosphere.


    Part of the problem will be addressed in September 2011 with the handing over of a paved and turfed area for us to create our sensory garden through design, landscaping and planting
    The garden will include a variety of different landscapes joined together by pathways. Pergolas will provide shading, trellises with creeping ivy will give a sense of personal space for reflection and privacy, and a variety of flowers, greenery and trickling water will provide a calming and therapeutic atmosphere.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Our aim is to create a new sensory garden for the clients,residents, their families and carers.


    » Through the design, landscaping and planting of shrubs, flowers and features to stimulate the senses of it's users.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated through a fully planted, sensory garden and celebratory party in Summer 2012.

    Aim 2

    Include the garden in the nursing unit's residents' dementia care plans.


    » Report on the behaviour of the residents during their time in the garden incorporating the results into the care plans.

    What success will look like

    Monitoring and reporting on the residents behaviour in relation to the use of the garden.

    Aim 3

    Offer a different social environment and stimulation.


    » Through colour, smells & sounds of wildlife plus encouraging the residents to contribute from active involvement to choosing their favourite flowers.

    What success will look like

    Through winding paths creating a journey; seated areas and quiet areas for reflection. Also through the various colours, textures and scents of plants, flowers and water features.

    Aim 4

    To ensure that we offer the best level of care under the Care Quality Commission regulations.


    » Through safety, activity and stimulation and providing access to the outdoor area.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by the Care Quality Commission's report stating the garden being put to use.

  • Impact


    The creation of the sensory garden will have a long term impact on the residents of Hoylake Cottage, whether it is due to the more relaxing view from their bedroom window or by allowing them to have time outside of the building in a safe but stimulating environment. The recruiting of volunteers to help tend the garden will also be a positive outcome, involving people from the local community to help a local charity.


    The only foreseeable risk would be keeping the garden up to a professional standard in order for the users to gain maximum benefit. Therefore plans have been put in place to utilise keen garden volunteers under the supervision of a professional gardener.


    Once the garden is complete we will hold a Garden Party and all of the donors who contributed to the garden will be invited including residents of the nursing unit and the day faciility clients. Donors will also be kept up to date via a newsletter, press release, our website and and social networks.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £38,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 Plants & shrubs Providing textures, visibility and aromas
      £5,000 Bushes & trees To provide structure and direct movement
      £3,000 Planters Allowing access for wheelchair users to tend to shrubs and flowers
      £5,000 Pergolas Offering protection from the elements
      £13,000 Garden accessories Furniture/seating, sensory water feature and gardening tools for resident and volunteer use.
      £8,000 Professional Fees Design and maintenance

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Radio Merseyside Charitable Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
    League of Friends £3,000 Guaranteed
    Coronation Gardens £600 Guaranteed
    Buy a Brick Campaign £10,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project is located within the grounds of Hoylake Cottage, situated next to the nursing unit and within walking distance of the day centres.


    The nursing unit residents, day centre clients plus their friends and family who visit. Staff will feel job satisfaction in seeing the people they care for react in a positive way and volunteers will benefit due to being able to help their local charity.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Hoylake Cottage has been awarded the highest excellent status by the Care Quality Commission which therefore demonstrates our understanding of the needs of our clients.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lin Cooke

    Chief Executive, supported by a proactive fundraising team, Board of Trustees, passionate fundraising committee and a strong team of volunteers.

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