The Friends had the idea of creating a sensory area in a derelict part of the Parade Gardens. We ran a competition in which local school children were asked to write down and draw what they liked about Hoylake. A local artist then put their ideas together and came up with a design for a mosaic.
The next step was to raise the money to build the mosaic and have it as a centrepiece for a sensory garden in the Parade Gardens where disabled people and able bodied alike could sit and enjoy our lovely seaside park.
In 2011 the friends group applied for a share of the coastal town’s initiative fund. We were delighted when the public voted sufficient funds to commence planning the project.
The mosaic was made by a local business called “Itchy Feet”.
The sensory garden seating “Sofa beds” were supplied by Fatleaf garden furniture,
Before we were finished we had our first visitors enjoying their sandwiches.
The completed mosaic
Planters filled with sensory plants
Help with the Planting around the Sensory Garden
Wherever possible we try and involve the local community, especially school children in planting and maintenance days, below are a few pictures of children from Market Street school giving the Friends a hand.
Preparing the site and installing the seat-cum-planters