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Sensory garden re-opens

The Benenden Hospital sensory garden is to re-open next week.

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It has been closed due to the redevelopment works but will re-open on Monday 18 July for staff, visitors and patients.

Head grounds person Carol Head and her team have been busy working on the garden ready for its unveiling. As well as new planting the garden also includes a new wind feature after Carol spotted the piece at the Chelsea Flower Show.

There is a new sign too, telling visitors about the garden and what is planted in each bed.

The garden is called Edna’s Retreat and was named in honour of Edna Winter who gave a generous donation to the Hospital so that the garden could be provided for the benefit of patients, relatives and staff. Edna was a stalwart member of the Rising Mercury Society and was also on the Committee of Management from 1975 to 1996. She died in 2011.

Carol said: “The garden will be open for people to sit and relax in. There is something there to appeal to all five senses and I’m thrilled with the new wind sculpture. I’m sure it’s something Edna herself would have liked.”

Unfortunately the garden will have to close again in September, due to essential works, but only for a short time.

An official re-opening of the sensory garden is planned

Head grounds person Carol Head

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