Friends Of The Elderly

A sensory garden and revamped landscape planting at the Bernard Sunley care home in Woking

Friends Of The Elderly approached me to help revitalise the 20-year-old landscape at their flagship care home in Woking. They wanted to improve all of the outside spaces and provide a more attractive and usable central courtyard.

The Brief

The site required replanting of all the original shrub planting and beds at the main entrance. A central courtyard was earmarked for a sensory garden, which could also provide herbs for the kitchen. Plants were brought closer to residents by placing them in raised oak sleeper beds, and artificial turf provided a year-round mud-free surface.

The Design

Having redesigned planting across the whole site and redesigned the front entrance area for greater year-round interest, I designed a geometrically shaped collection of raised beds to add interest to the central courtyard, stocked with plants to stimulate the senses. A central area was kept clear to allow for seasonal use of a large gazebo for special occasions and functions.




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