Wicklow TD Andrew Doyle has welcomed the awarding of CLAR funding totalling €714,000 for a total of 25 specialist sensory gardens nationwide, one of which is to be located in West Wicklow.
This year’s CLAR programme will, for the first time, provide funding for the development of specialist sensory gardens.
“These gardens are purposely built to stimulate the senses and while they are beneficial for everyone, they are particularly beneficial for people with intellectual disabilities.
“A sensory garden is designed to stimulate the senses by using flowers, plants and other materials that engage ones senses of sight, smell, touch taste and sound. They provide places for both recreation and education.
“I am delighted to support the development of these gardens, which I know will create comfortable, relaxing environments for everyone to enjoy no matter what age or ability.
“I am delighted that Knockananna has been granted €34,000 for a new sensory garden at the local community hall.
“These gardens provide a safe, friendly environment for all ages and all abilities and I am sure that this new space will greatly enhance the village of Knockananna for its residents and visitors alike.”