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Sustainable Environment
We support alternatives to single use plastics
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Consumption & Conservation
We harvest rainwater from our on-site reservoirs
Reduced Carbon Footprint
Reduced Carbon Footprint
With 80% of bedding plants grown onsite
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Composting & Recycling
We recycle over 90% of our on-site waste

Multisensory Gardening

Multisensory Gardening

Sensory Gardens

We are delighted that our 2020 charity partner is Kent Association for the Blind, a wonderful charity who support sight impaired people to live independent lives, and who are celebrating their centenary this year.  We are looking forward to working with them throughout the year on some exciting projects!

Gardening can be a wonderful hobby for people with sight loss and sensory gardens are wonderful spaces for people living with sensory impairments. They are specifically designed to be calm and stimulating environments used for learning, therapy, community or relaxation. Here are our recommendations for creating a sensory garden which can be enjoyed by all.

Choose scented plants to add smell to your garden. These are best placed in sheltered areas as this contains the fragrances better and will allow them to be enjoyed more.

NEW Clematis ‘Sugar Sweet’
The firstly truly scented large flowered clematis, with beautiful almond fragranced flowers. Available from Coolings for the first time this Spring.

Lavender ‘Ashdown Forest’
A superb variety with lovely scented flowers and foliage. Perfect for celebrating our new site at Wych Cross.


Plants with interesting textures are ideal garden choices for those living with sight impairment. They also go down particularly well with little ones who like to investigate their surroundings.

Senecio ‘Angels Wings’
This stunning recent introduction has tactile silky silver foliage. Works well in containers and is impressive on a patio.

Griselinia littoralis
Silky soft glossy foliage makes this popular choice the perfect evergreen screening plant.


Edible plants are useful to grow for kitchen use or enjoyment, as well as many of them bringing extra colour to the garden.

Nasturtiums Jewel Mix
Both ornamental and edible, the flowers have a peppery taste.

A fruity classic, we have a selection of delicious and easy to grow varieties available this Spring.


Sound can produce an extra dimension to a sensory garden. Bamboo and grasses are ideal for creating some plant-based audio, along with adding water features or bird baths.

Fargesia nitidia ‘Black Pearl’
This is an amazing clump forming bamboo with attractive dark canes, ideal for containers and smaller gardens. The breeze moving through the foliage will create a relaxing rustling sound.


You can find out more about Kent Association for the Blind and their work on their website at