With Land donated from Kerry Co Council and with funding from the Rural Development Programme, Killorglin Family Resource Centre have constructed a development of 0.3 acre site adjacent to the Resource Centre as an amenity area with sensory garden, outdoor fitness area and activity area for all the community. Construction was carried out by Mid-Kerry Builders Conhill Construction who was a pleasure to work with.
There is combination of both formal and informal landscapes allowing visitors to meander round at will, enjoy the flowers and foliage, many in raised beds (suitable for access by wheelchair), use the outdoor fitness equipment, reflect on sculptures, or simply sit around and chat. The area is developed into a series of sensory experiences using imaginative design, hard landscaping, and planting. Physical and visual senses will be stimulated for a wide range and age of visitors from the community. There are raised beds and plantings, and seated areas of different textures. The amenity area is divided into zoned areas offering visual stimulus, texture and scent whilst passing through. All surfaces are appropriate for wheelchair access.
There are 3 seating areas. One specifically designed picnic area for wheel chair users. One of the seating areas is surrounded by raised scented flower beds and is a story telling area.
Time spent in natural environments can provide a range of health benefits, including reduced stress and lowered blood pressure. Most gardens offer visual appeal, but a sensory garden is designed to stimulate all five senses..
We would like to express our gratitude to all involved especially Kerry Co Council, South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd., Frank Coffey engineer, St. Finians Trust, Killorglin Mens Shed, Iveragh Park & Cloverhill Close Residents Assoc, FAS, Killorglin GIY, and Paul Haywood our volunteer gardener.