We are proposing to transform an enclosed piece of land into a vibrant sensory garden for Community Integrated Care (CIC) residents at Station Court in Duns. As the result of a competition involving the Station Court residents, the new garden will be named the ‘Bumblebee Garden’.
The site, which is owned by us, is currently surrounded by existing housing and when a further two new houses are constructed in the next year it will become land-locked with the only access being from Station Court. It is proposed that this largely flat site will become a private garden for the local residents who live in the housing support units in Station Court. The garden will be run by CIC, managers of the housing units, together with the assistance of the local residents. We are allocating funds from our development budget to complete this project.
The Bumblebee Garden will provide a quiet social space for residents to interact, grow plants and vegetables and invite neighbours, family and friends to share and enjoy their new communal garden. The garden will have a range of plants and features designed for sensory stimulation and will have spaces for social gatherings.
Sarah Barron of architects Smith Scott Mullan has designed the garden with the residents of Station Court in mind, including those who are wheelchair bound. Paths, raised beds and an accessible polytunnel will be carefully designed so that anyone can take part in gardening duties. The garden will be formally constructed with great attention to detail, safety and circulation to ensure all residents of Station Court can contribute to this green space development.
The outline of both projects has been welcomed by proposed partners and stakeholders. Agreement in principle to collaborate in delivery has been received from A Heart for Duns, Abundant Borders and CIC who have all offered their expertise including planting, maintenance and horticulture. Our housing contractor, HART Builders, will undertake this work and will contribute to the project as part of their Community Benefits programme.