Prince's Trust create sensory sanctuary at Bishop Auckland allotment

The Northern Echo: Prince's Trust team member Lyndi Thornton on the sensory garden at Walker Drive in Bishop Auckland. Picture by Stuart Boulton Prince's Trust team member Lyndi Thornton on the sensory garden at Walker Drive in Bishop Auckland. Picture by Stuart Boulton

AN allotment for all the senses has been created by a group of young people.

The Prince’s Trust in Bishop Auckland has spent 15 days transforming an overgrown plot at the Tindale Crescent allotments into a sensory sanctuary.

The 18 volunteers, aged between 16 and 25, who are the 36th Prince’s trust team to have come from Bishop Auckland, have worked through wind, rain and sun to complete the garden, which has five areas each designed to appeal to a different sense.

Team leader Peter Ahmed said: “I am very proud of the team, they have been well motivated and the final result is fantastic.

“It’s been the most ambitious project I have been involved with.”

Lyndi Thornton, 18, from Spennymoor, was one of those who worked on the project and said she had gained skills such as teamwork and communication.

She said: “I feel very proud of what we have done, I did not think I would have accomplished something like this.”

Wayne Hoare, 24, from Barnard Castle said: “I had to spend two hours a day on buses to get here, but it has all been totally worth it.”

The team, who worked to the motto “big team big dream”, were supported by Stockton Riverside College and Learning Curve, who made a pagoda for the garden which is named in memory of Mr Ahmed's partner's mother June Constable, who died ten years ago.

Other businesses who supported the project include Jewson, Homebase, Deco Trophies, Bryan Featherstone, Toulson Skips, Beech Tree Nurseries, Trevor Burn and Son Fencing.

The allotment is owned by Durham County Council and run by the Pathways group.

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