A COMMUNITY garden received sensory enhancements as volunteers helped to make the space more appealing for all who use it.

Rise:61 is a Christian youth charity with a vision that Bemerton Heath will be known nationally for its creativity and community spirit. 

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Young people from Brunel College – formerly the WASP centre built a wood store and compost bin using waste material at the Bemerton Heath community space. They built a new vegetable bed, a strawberry patch and even built a xylophone from logs.

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Youth worker, Mark Summerill, said: “The young people we work with from Brunel College have struggled in mainstream education but are talented and creative.

“They particularly thrive when engaged in building and fixing things outdoors.  It’s been great to put their skills to positive use making the community garden an even better space for local people particularly those who have special educational needs and disabilities.”

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The improvements are designed to make the garden more accessible and inclusive for people. 

Future plans include the installation of a gazebo which will enable them to host bigger groups and to have an accessible path and patio built to aid those with mobility issues.

£10,000 of the £30,000 project costs has been raised through grants of £5,000 each from the George Bairstow Charitable Trust and the Salisbury Area Board.