Events industry charity Meetings Industry
Meeting Needs funded a unique sensory garden for people with dementia at the
Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) conference in London’s ExCeL Centre.
The £5,000 project
is the result of joint working with environmental charity Groundwork,
Alzheimer’s Disease International and Alzheimer’s Society, who hosted the
conference. The sensory garden was designed by Groundwork’s landscape
architects to stimulate all five senses with different textures, scents, bold
colours and plants that can be grown for cooking and has been donated to form
the centrepiece of a new tranquil community space being created on
a ‘brown field site’ in Newham, London.
chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We are very grateful to MIMN
and Groundwork London for putting together this wonderful garden, a real
talking point as well as well as a calming space for all the delegates."
MIMN paid for the
decking, planters, pots, turf, shingle and compost, and staff time designing,
building, breakdown and re-location was provided free by Groundwork London.
Peter Rand MBE,
executive committee member of Meeting Needs, said: “MIMN is delighted to have
sponsored this garden for the Alzheimer’s Disease International conference, providing
an area of tranquillity for delegates with dementia. We appreciate the
opportunity and we are particularly glad that the garden will be relocated
after the conference to provide a lasting benefit to those residents in a
sheltered housing project in Newham."
The garden was
built by trainees on the Newham Green Team, a joint venture between
Groundwork London and Serco to provide supportive, practical and real
experience training opportunities for people who have been long term
back to front: Roy Churchman, Ed Weir, Andrew Ketteringham, Alzheimer’s Society
strategic advisor; Sue O’Gorman, MIMN honorary secretary; Carl Suratan, Jacob
Ray, David Beaman, Ben Stanley, MCI project manager; Stephen Dunn, Grace Carney.