Sensory Garden in Sean Walsh Park
Sean Walsh Park contains many valuable and enjoyable features including the once beautiful Sensory Garden. The origins of the garden were as follows:
"South Dublin’s Social Inclusion Unit and Parks Department have worked closely with Menni Services in Tallaght (connected to St. John of God) towards the creation of a Sensory Garden in Sean Walsh Park which is in the heart of Tallaght. The design of the garden provides for universal accessibility, so other visitors to the Park can also enjoy the sensory quality of space."
"The partnership garden project was developed in response to a local need to create a Garden for all Seasons, a garden appealing to all senses, and accessible to everyone in the community. To advance the Social Inclusion agenda, it was considered appropriate that the County Council should provide a dedicated space in one of our parks which provides the opportunity for persons with physical and intellectual disabilities, to participate in the creation and upkeep of a visually stimulating garden."
The project won an award in the category “Innovation in Developing/Supporting Partnerships" in the St. John of God Innovation Awards 2010 and the original idea was that the park would be maintained by students from Menni Services and staff from South Dublin County Council Parks Department. The maintenance program lapsed some time ago and the Sensory Garden has become run-down and something of a weed sanctuary. The photos below demonstrate how unkempt the garden had become.
In May 2017 some members of the Litter Mug team spent a couple of hours giving the Sensory Garden a bit of a makeover. Here are some photos of them in action.
And this was the outcome. Not perfect but significantly improved.
If you would like to lend a helping hand to try to keep your Sensory Garden in good condition please contact us using the email address below or sign up for a regular email notification of Litter Mug projects and activities. You can also find details about our next Sean Walsh Park clean-up.