The Sensory Trail has been created to provide an inclusive and sustainable outdoor experience for children and families and has been designed to enable the less able and disabled to participate. All the information boards have been composed in such a way so as to be easy to for the visually impaired to read and with the intention that they will educate visitors about wildlife – birds, animals, plants and trees – in the park, and about nature in general.
Using recycled logs to grow alpine plants on with herbs and sensory plants planted around the logs, herbs have also been planted in a raised herb garden. This is to encourage people to touch the plants and smell the aromas they give off. Several logs with carved features such as animal footprints, leaves, bird and duck footprints for children to touch and use for rubbings have been installed. Although not intended for use as benches as they are not of a smooth surface, they have provided a convenient resting place for walkers.
We hope it will encourage children and families to explore their surroundings and venture into the woodland area where they previously would not have walked, and experience nature first hand.
Click here for a printable version and a map of the trail.
This is a project supported through the Community First Neighbourhood Matched Fund programme and administered by the Community Development Foundation for the Office for Civil Society, and we are grateful to the Wheatley Area Community Partnership for recommending us for the grant.