We have just received the amazing news that we've been awarded £25,000 from the Aviva Community Fund for our sensory garden project at our rescue centre. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us!
The sensory garden will comprise a secure dog-proof fenced area at the top of our garden orchard, containing scented plants, water features, sand, gravel and textured surfaces, calming sounds and stimulating toys and agility equipment.
Our experienced welfare team will work alongside our volunteers in this new space to offer therapeutic training. This is especially beneficial for older or less mobile dogs who require stimulation without high-impact exercise.
Having a secure, off-lead area is a huge boost for the rescue dogs in our care, providing them with the opportunity to burn off some energy and explore their surroundings freely. Scented plants such as lavender and thyme provide wonderful stimulation to the senses for dogs as they sniff about, while tall plants such as bamboo provide a calming sound as the wind rustles through the leaves.
Agility equipment is the perfect resource for getting a dog's brain and body working and water features give a lovely area for dogs to play and cool off in hot weather. We would also like to include a summerhouse to allow the space to be used in all weathers.
The Hope Rescue team is really excited about the project and can't wait to get started! We will keep you all up to date with progress.