Vol­un­teers cre­ate sen­sory wood­land for the com­mu­nity

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

A TEAM of young peo­ple have care­fully planned and built a fan­tas­tic sen­sory wood­land for the com­mu­nity’s en­joy­ment.

Liam Slat­tery, Rory Stock­ton, Jay­den Mor­ris, Lee Copeland, Zac Rogers, Char­lotte Duffy, Oliver Wild and Ash­lea Ven­ables took part in a 12 week pro­gramme or­gan­ised by Princes Trust and Cheshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice.

Af­ter com­ing up with a plan and rais­ing the nec­es­sary funds, they cre­ated a sen­sory wood­land at Tat­ton Park’s Home Farm.

Shelly Wil­son, Princes Trust Team as­sis­tant pro­gramme man­ager, said: “[The team]have worked hard for six days on site, clear­ing the ground in prepa­ra­tion.

“They have then cre­ated a dead­wood fence in or­der to cor­don off the area and put to­gether sen­sory items such as a wind chime con­structed from bam­boo, a wa­ter fea­ture made us­ing re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als, pots and pans which are hung for users to make sounds with and much more.”

The aim of the project was to cre­ate a sen­sory wood­land for dif­fer­ent groups to come and use in or­der to help de­velop and ex­plore us­ing their senses.

The team planted scented plants for vis­i­tors to use their sense of smell and ex­plore the dif­fer­ent scents, and a colour­ful sen­sory board so they can see, touch and feel the var­i­ous ma­te­ri­als.

Shelly added that the ex­pe­ri­ence has also helped the team mem­bers progress with their per­sonal tar­gets.

She said: “The project was a huge suc­cess and all that have vis­ited al­ready have been amazed at what the team have com­pleted in such a short space of time.”

The team, (above) took part in the 12 week pro­gramme where they cre­ated a sen­sory space, right, with a colour­ful sen­sory board, left

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