Generous donation to Preston's Space Centre for new accessible sensory garden

The sensory centre has seen its vibrant gardens turn overgrown and to a state of disrepair during lockdown - but a new donation for gardening equipment will see the garden take on a new lease of life.

Monday, 17th August 2020, 3:45 pm
The handover of the £300 donation from Zebra Technologies

Last week, the unique sensory centre, on Pedders Lane, Ashton-on-Ribble, was gifted a generous donation for new gardening equipment to transform their outdoor area with the help of local volunteers.

Fundraiser Andrea Bake said that following their plea for new hands to become involved with the maintenance, Zebra Technologies donated £300 and a selection of new tools to bring it 'back to life'.

Zebra Technologies of Pittman Way, Fulwood, made the donations to the centre in order to help the volunteers carry out various jobs like lawn mowing, planting and weeding.

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The volunteering day saw people carry out gardening jobs

She said: "Following our plea for Volunteers to help bring our Space Garden back to life, we have had Zebra Technologies in as a volunteering day and they have done an immense job of clearing weeds, reinstating borders and clearing the Woodland Sensory Walk.

"Headed by Steve Blackburn, they have also donated brand new gardening tools for our future volunteers and an additional £300 to spend on plants for the garden. Steve has been extremely passionate about this project and will be holding another volunteering day on 4th September.

"Here at The Space Centre we are so grateful for not only the physical help and man hours they have put in but also for the kindness and generosity they have shown."

Going forward Andrea Baker, Fundraiser for The Space Centre, will be hosting a meeting in September for individuals who have shown interest in doing some volunteering work in the gardens.

The volunteers were socially distanced as they tackled the outdoor space

The sensory specialists at The Space Centre have already begun planning for the new developments, which will introduce raised flower beds, a platform with a ramp for disabled access and wheelchair friendly benches to enable those with physical disabilities to use all aspects of the gardens.

She added: "This is just the start to get our gardens all things sensory and totally wheel chair friendly with lots of equipment, raised beds and planting to mention just a few things planned for the near future."

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