Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Student led sensory garden development

Wednesday, 28 June 2017


Work started on the development of a sensory garden at Harcourt campus this week. The project is being led by first year undergraduate student James Burley-Jukes, who has a variety of complex physical and sensory needs. James applied to the Student Impact Fund and was awarded a grant to help create the garden.

James has designed the garden across different accessible levels and it will contain fragrant, tactile plants. There will also be a raised vegetable plot and fruit trees. All areas of the the garden will be accessible for wheelchairs. James said “I’m pleased that we have started work on the garden and I’m looking forward to seeing the garden develop over the coming weeks.”

Senior Lecturer in Education Studies, Jon Reid, who is working on the garden with James commented that he “would love this to become a sustainable, community initiative”, and would  “like to thank Zara Wooley, Thomas Williams, the Grounds team at Harcourt and the student volunteers for their continued support, and to the staff who have already volunteered their time and for their offers of donations.” 

If you would like to volunteer, donate plants or items for the sensory garden, please complete this form

Follow the progress of the garden on the School of Education Twitter feed.