A once-forgotten area in Skegness has been revitalised into a captivating Sensory Community Garden Area thanks to Levelling Up Park Funding, and promises to be a source of solace and joy for residents and visitors of all ages.
The once-neglected space has undergone a stunning transformation. Vibrant planting with textured foliage have been carefully curated to engage sight, smell, touch, and even sound. A refreshed footpath leading its way through the gardens with musical chimes and a once-again working water fountain adding a gentle auditory element, creating an immersive experience for visitors.
Residents have embraced this initiative, seeing the gardens not just as a revitalisation of a physical space but as a symbol of community unity. The area is designed to be accessible to everyone, with paved pathways suitable for wheelchair and pushchairs, undercover shelter, seating areas, wildflower area around bug hotel and raised garden beds to ensure inclusivity for all members of our diverse population.
Councillor Martin Foster said: “The transformation of this space is a testament to what can be achieved when funding opportunities come to us. It’s not just about creating a beautiful garden, but also about fostering a sense of belonging and connection among our residents and visitors. The Neighbourhoods Team have done a tremendous job here and I thank them all, they have created a once forgotten space into a vibrant, inclusive, and harmonious environment for all.”
The Rockery Gardens Area is already being used for a range of activities, from nursery school visits and mindfulness sessions. The hope is that these activities will further strengthen the bonds between residents and encourage them to spend more time outdoors, engaging with nature and each other.