Children and young disabled people will soon be able to enjoy a new courtyard garden in the Wyre Forest, Worcestershire, thanks to a grant from a charity.
The garden at the Longbank Centre in Bewdley has been built by the Kidz First charity, and was made possible by the local paper The Shuttle, which obtained a grant from its parent company’s charitable Gannett Foundation last December.
The garden was originally meant to open in the spring, but the terrible UK weather this spring and summer – which included heavy snow and flooding – meant that the project suffered delay after delay. But work has continued apace and organisers believe it will be ready in just a few weeks to host gardening and other educational activities.
Garden ornaments feature widely throughout the space, as well as pathways, a hopscotch court, palm trees, garden statues and a storytelling corner, among other attractions.
Kidz First chief executive,Sharon Weston told the paper that “the biggest bonus will be the sense of worth and usefulness felt by service users involved and the years of fun, creativity and places for contemplation they will have.”