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€1m fund to develop sensory gardens launched

Sensory gardens include features, surfaces, objects and plants that stimulate our senses through touch, sight, scent, taste and hearing

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7 October 2021 | 0

A €1 million fund to develop sensory gardens for the benefit of children and adults with disabilities has been announced by Minister of State for Disability, Anne Rabbitte.

Sensory gardens include features, surfaces, objects and plants that stimulate our senses through touch, sight, scent, taste and hearing.

A call for submissions has been issued, allowing voluntary organisations funded under Section 38 and 39 of the Health Act to apply for funding for the development of these gardens providing that it is associated with existing facilities used to provide services such as residential, respite or day services.

“I am delighted to announce this €1 million fund which will see the development of new and improved sensory gardens targeted for people with disabilities of all ages across the country,” said Minister Rabbitte. “I think the pandemic has seen us all develop a deeper appreciation for the outdoors so such an investment in sensory gardens feels even more important now.

“I have visited a number of sensory gardens around the country, full of textures, smells and sounds, and have met many people with disabilities, their families and disability organisations, who have told me how important and beneficial these gardens can be for disabled people.”

Minister Rabbitte concluded: “Sensory gardens can be such an immersive experience, enjoyed by young and old, but the creation and development of these gardens can be especially beneficial to children and adults with disabilities. I very much look forward to the development of these sensory gardens in the months ahead.”

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