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2nd Jul, 2022

Stratford community centre users can take time to smell the roses

A SENSORY garden means users of Tyler House Community Hub can enjoy smelling the roses.

The garden outside the centre in Tyler Street was previously a mass of weeds.

But three years after the hub opened it has been transformed into a sensory garden complete with raised planters and even scarecrows.

Stratford Samaritans completed the work with the help of groups including Men’s Shed, Turning Point’s Community Champs and Stratford In Bloom.

The garden will now be enjoyed by the some 50 organisations which use the centre, including charities for those with mental and learning disabilities and for younger and older people.

Stratford Samaritans director Phil Cazaly said: “We are very proud our Hub is playing such a big part in helping the people of Stratford and the surrounding area and now we hope they can enjoy the garden space as well.”

And Stratford in Bloom chairwoman Stephanie Lester says the project will make a difference to service users.

She said: “We are delighted to have chosen Stratford Samaritans as our community project for 2019. To be able to create a sensory garden that will give a huge amount of pleasure to people who use the community hub, makes it a very special project for us.

“A garden can be so therapeutic, and nature does not discriminate. Anyone, regardless of ability, can enjoy gardening.”

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