A new sensory garden for children with physical and learning difficulties has been opened in Banbury.
The landscaped garden at the Sycamore Resource Centre in Oxford Road was unveiled last Tuesday. It had taken about two years to build.
Sycamore Resource Centre is run by children’s charity Barnardos and offers overnight short break and respite care for children and young people aged between six and 17 who have disabilities.
The new garden was funded by Ulrike Sellen and her family in memory of her late son Mark Sellen.
Mrs Sellen cut the ribbon to officially open the garden and said: “This is a wonderful place. I wanted to do something in Mark’s memory and got in touch with the charity and they showed me what I could do to help these children.
“Hopefully this garden will give a lot of enjoyment to children in and around Banbury for many years to come.”
The facility has different activities including a play area and swings to cater for children in wheelchairs.
Julie Gibbard, associate director at Barnados, said: “When we saw the garden for the first time it was a terrible mess, there’s such a big space out here and now the children can go out and venture into the garden.
“The difference it has made to them has been fantastic. They explore the surroundings without fear and love the experience of being out there under cover when it rains.”