Queen Mary’s Sensory Garden

Help needed to create interactive oasis
for young patients!
Sensory Garden Appeal
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Plants, pots, paint and pinwheels needed to create sensory garden for young patients!

Queen Mary’s Hospital for Children want to create a sensory garden for their young patients in time for summer and are calling on the community for a helping hand.

Play specialists at the hospital, Emily King and Kristy Parrack, have designed a beautiful bright, soothing and safe space specifically for the children and their families which will transform an existing section of grass at front of the building into a colourful, fragrant and interactive oasis!

Their vision includes lining the perimeter with pebbles – which will be decorated by the children – and a white picket fence.  Then a kaleidoscope of flowers will be bedded, and aromatic herbs potted in old wellies while wind chimes, along with the twitter of the sparrows and robins visiting the bird feeders, will fill the air with tranquil and happy sounds and the bench will painted with different colours to get an NHS rainbow makeover!

Emily and Kristy said “We know that staying in, or visiting, hospital can be a distressing time for our young patients and their carers.  Having a lovely outdoor space literally on our door-step will help provide distraction, normality and comfort and create a much more positive hospital experience for them both.  And in offering different types of stimulation and activities, it has benefits for the children’s treatment too. Of course, the garden will also be a place where our colleagues can take some time-out as well!  So, we’d be very thankful and delighted with any contributions the community can make to help us with the set-up of this sensory sensation!”

Emily and Kristy are asking for the donations of the following items which can be new or in nearly-new condition.  They particularly need flowers and plants already in bloom so they can they can brighten up the space straight away!  You can provide them from your own garden, or purchase them when you’re shopping at the Lower Morden Garden Centre who will kindly take them at the till and then deliver them to Queen Mary’s for you. Alternatively, you can order various other items from the hospital’s Amazon Wish List.  The appeal is ongoing but Emily and Kristy would ideally like to make a start on the garden on Wednesday 8 June so any donations delivered by then would be much appreciated!

If you would like to make a donation or have any queries, please contact ESTH Charity at team@esthcharity.org.uk or call 01372 735 262/07827 807726

  • Wind chimes
  • Bird feeder
  • Bird table/bath
  • Colour flowers, fragrant herbs/plants e.g. lavender
  • Wind spinners
  • Mini gardening tools
  • Watering can
  • Outdoor paint (rainbow colours)
  • Soil
  • Small solar lights