Since Spring 2016, the Sensory Garden is being developed to stimulate the five senses sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste. The garden will be a refuge for everyone to enjoy, particularly for those with impaired senses. Many groups of the community are involved in its continuous development and maintenance. These include students from Moate Community School, young adults from St Hilda’s Services (Moate) and Tús Nua RehabCare (Tullamore), Community Employment Workers and Moate Men’s Shed.
A stimulating water feature is being designed and constructed by the Moate students and the Moate St Hilda’s group with the direction of local artist Damien O’Brien. Clay tiles are being made with unique designs to reflect the five senses and various aspects of the park. This feature is due to be completed in spring (2018).
In May 2017, the students were awarded the Grow Award for their project in the Sensory Garden at the national ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards.
The Rehab Tullamore group have designed and produced eye catching mosaics which can be found on the south facing wall of the shed in the garden.
Other features are being planned for the Sensory Garden and work will begin on them in the later this year (2018).