Exmouth children's centre shows off new sensory garden

HARD-WORKING volunteers have been proudly showing off a sensory garden which they have been constructing for Exmouth Children s Centre. Students from Exeter College have spent around three weeks fundraising and cultivating a low-maintenance sensory garden

HARD-WORKING volunteers have been proudly showing off a sensory garden which they have been constructing for Exmouth Children's Centre.

Students from Exeter College have spent around three weeks fundraising and cultivating a low-maintenance sensory garden which was unveiled in its completed form at the centre, in Moorfield Road, last week.

The students took part in the project as part of a Prince's Trust initiative.

Their brief was to create an area that would be attractive to both the parents and children who use it and the local wildlife.

A border of flowering and evergreen climbing plants has been planted along the boundary of the site.

And, inside the garden there is now a fire pit, complete with a seating area as well as herb containers, bird feeders and a selection of fruit bushes within a raised bed.

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Sophia Carmen, Prince's Trust team leaded, said: ""Through the efforts of the team, we have transformed unused areas of garden into vibrant spaces.

"These will now serve as a safe and educational environment in which children will be able to experience and enjoy the great outdoors."

In order to raise money towards the community project, the eight team members, aged between 16 and 19, took part in a number of fundraising activities.

They included washing motorists' windscreens in fancy dress which alone earned more than �300 towards their good cause.

Sophia added: "I'd like to congratulate all the students for undertaking the planning, fundraising, and practical activities that have enabled them to contribute so richly to their local community.

"They've done a great job for those who use the centre, and have also benefitted themselves in the process by learning a host of new skills.

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