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Here we'll keep you posted with what we're up to on the Faringdon Sensory Garden Project.

By faringdonsensorygarden, Mar 16 2017 11:08AM

So much has happended since our last post. The biggest and best news is that the Charities Commission has decided we are fit and worthy trustees of this project and its resulting garden and granted us registration with them. This makes a huge difference to how we are perceived by grant agencies.

In other news, the Lease with the Town Council who own the site is due to be signed at the end of this month (March 2017) which means we will finally, finally be able to kick off properly the fundraising effort. We don't have much time now if we want the garden to be open to commemorate the Great War Centenary so the latest we can possibly run the project to will be 11th November 2018. That said, we actually want the garden to be open to the community next Spring 2018. The trees won't be very big then but the bulbs will be up, the lawn laid and the cafe serving tea and sandwiches with the crusts off will be in full swing!

We've been requested to include two important new elements in the garden. The first a pétanque area available for visitors to the garden and the second, a Peace Garden where peaceful reflection and contemplation is encouraged for those wishing quiet times. If you have any ideas, then please get in touch. This garden will be there for a very long time and we're going to finish the design by mid summer!

Now that Spring is here, lets get this project off and rolling!

By faringdonsensorygarden, Sep 6 2016 04:38PM


Planning permission has been granted for the Faringdon Sensory Garden. To read the confirmation in full, go to:

By faringdonsensorygarden, Aug 25 2016 04:01PM

This is so hard! We're waiting for the planning decision. We think it will be ok but until we know for sure...

It would be so wonderful for us to be given permission so we can turn this unloved space into a special place for generations to come. The town council are supporting this, the town seem to be and the planning officers were supportive....

The wait is agonising - we've got so much to do and so little time...

By faringdonsensorygarden, Jul 10 2016 05:21PM

Evening all,

We've received the below email enquiring about wildlife in the garden. I hope you find my response informative. Really excited to be encouraging native species to the garden, especially wrens!

On 8 Jul 2016, at 22:22, Williamxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

This is not an objection, i do not object to your plan, However i do request that you consider the Wild life, i see the present rough area as a Wild life haven, I see Wren’s in the Hedge along the Hobble Path and I have seen Hedge Hogs late evening when I have walked along the Hobble path on my way to Pub.

I do not expect the Rough ground that used to be allotments on the other side of the hobble path to stay like that for ever. The Wild life needs a helping hand. Do you intend to keep the Hedge which runs alongside the Hobble path ? its not clear what will happen to this hedge on your plan.

Good Luck with your project.


From: Mel Lane <>

Date: 9 July 2016 at 10:27:05 BST

To: William xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Subject: Re: Wild Life.

Good morning Bill

Our plan very much considers the local wildlife and we fully intend to encourage as much as we can by including hedgehog houses, bat boxes, bird boxes etc. in multiple locations. We have discussed this a few times on the garden Facebook pages. If you are on Facebook, you'll find the page at

To give you a high level view, apart from that above...

1. There will be rough, meadow type swathes down two of the sides to encourage moths, mice etc. This will be mown once or twice a year only and will have bulbs and wildflower planting

2. Strong consideration will be given to the encouragement of bees and butterflies given their decline with planting appropriate plants

3. There are some large poplar trees on the Park Road side which are out of scope of our project. We've been advised these have resident bats too

4. The Town Council will remain, as it is now, the responsible owner for the hedge on the Hobble path you mentioned. We would like to work with them to tidy the Hobble up but our intention is very much to retain as much as is practical of the hedge for several reasons; aside from the existing wildlife, the bramble is a natural security fence!

5. Bird baths have been planned in several areas around the garden and several nut trees are envisaged in the taste section, specifically to encourage squirrels, mice, etc.

So, with you, we're seeking to try to create a haven for wildlife as well as humans and we will ensure that our work reflects that. It would be false for me to say that there will be no upheaval for wildlife, especially when we're clearing the site but what we build will certainly encourage them in future, especially with the safe boxes etc. As with anything, there is a period of short term pain for long term gain but it is essential if we are to reclaim this site for those people in our community who would most benefit. I'm also convinced that encouraging wildlife is pretty essential for enhancing the formal beauty of the garden. Who could imagine (or want to) a honeysuckle without bees or butterflies?

Thank you for your note and your support, Bill. It's important we're asked these questions because I'm pretty sure others will be thinking the same. I'll post it onto the blog page of our website so more people can see my response too.

I hope this answers your concerns but please feel free to hold me to account on this over the next two years.

Stay in touch

Best wishes

Mel Lane

Project Manager

Sent from my iPad

By faringdonsensorygarden, Jul 7 2016 09:55AM

A lovely donation received today of £100 from Trevor Wynn (he of Nut Tree fame) now retired to the North. How wonderful that even people who are no longer Faringdon residents want to help get this important project off the ground.

If you'd like to make a donation too, please visit the Support page for more info.

Also, the local Royal British Legion have been in touch with a request for us to go and speak to them about the project as they want to get involved. So much support for this!

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