New garden is blooming

The new sensory garden at Tynedale House in Blyth.
The new sensory garden at Tynedale House in Blyth.

A new sensory garden providing a relaxing and stimulating environment for adults with learning difficulties has opened.

The garden at Tynedale House residential care home in Blyth will provide a quiet and reflective area for residents and their families, as well as an alternative learning space.

It includes decking, a water feature, raised beds with sensory plants, ornaments and a seating area, while provisions have also been made for wildlife with a hedgehog house, bird tables, nest boxes and a wildflower garden.

The garden was officially opened by Northumberland County Council civic head, Kath Nisbet MBE who said: “The garden is a colourful, relaxing and peaceful environment for the residents to use.”

“The adults will be able to interact with the garden through sight, touch, sound and smell while others will be involved in the garden’s upkeep.”

The provincial grand lodge of the Masons donated £500 and £1,200 was raised at a charity night by Croft lodge who also undertook work in the garden.

Contributions have been made by the council, families and staff.

Tynedale House is run by Northumberland County Council and provides accommodation for 24 adults with special needs and respite facilities for up to six people.