SENSORY GARDEN PROJECT COULD BE SET FOR SKERRIES
AN interesting partnership between Fingal County Council, a community garden group and the local Men’s Shed may yet produce a sensor garden for Skerries.
Cllr Tom O’leary called for the council to bring forward proposals for ‘a sensory garden in the vicinity of the proposed playground or adjacent to the Community Gardens at Skerries Mills, in order to cater for children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and others.’
Cllr O’leary said it was his underestanding that Government grants are available for such developments within communities.
In a written response to the local Fine Gael councillor who is based in Skerries, the council revealed that plans are already afoot to realise the project for the town.
The council’s written report states: ‘The Council is working with the local Mens Sheds group and a Community Garden Group on the development of a garden linking the Mills with the new Skate Park andplayground area in the park.
‘Consideration will be given to the inclusion of a sensory garden element in the design of the Community Garden and to the options for funding which are available to the council.’
Meanwhile, on the development of the playground at Skerries Mills the council also had an update for Cllr O’leary.
The local authority stated that tenders for the project ‘are almost complete’.
The council informed the council that it is ‘planned to advertise these design build tenders in early 2019 with a view to having the construction work carried out during next year’.
With the playground and the garden linking Skerries Mills with the new skatepark for the area and the prospect of a sensory garden for the area, there are exciting developments for all the children of Skerries in the year ahead.