New Sensory Garden at Brain Injury Charity’s Centre

An unused and overgrown area of the garden at the Headway Thames Valley centre at Brunner Hall on Greys Road is being transformed into a new sensory vegetable and herb garden thanks to volunteers and donations from local businesses.

The first part of the project was to completely clear the area which was completed last week with the help of three volunteers Angelique, Kerry and Guy from Nationwide in Henley and neighbouring branches along with Adam who operated the digger which was kindly donated by Southern Plant and Tool Hire, Bob and Headway Thames Valley Fundraising Manager, Zoe. The McCarthy & Stone Foundation have made a donation to the project and will also be providing some volunteers to help with creating the garden.

Headway Thames Valley works to improve life after brain injury. It provides support, services and information to brain injury survivors, their families and carers, as well as campaigning to reduce the incidence of brain injury in the Thames Valley.

Zoe said, “A few months ago some of our clients were discussing what projects and activities they would like to do this year and they said they wanted to create a sensory garden.  The next phase of the garden makeover will be to re-surface and then put in raised accessible beds so that people in wheelchairs or with mobility difficulties can easily access the beds. We would also like to include some seating areas in between. The beds will be planted with flowers, vegetables and a range of herbs to appeal to all the senses We are very grateful to a number of businesses with branches locally who are helping to make the project possible.”

“The garden is a great space for our clients to enjoy some fresh air and do a bit of gardening, particularly if they don’t have a garden at home or find it difficult to get out. However, it needs some work on it to make it usable as a sensory garden and accessible for our clients who may also be using wheelchairs or have some mobility problems” added Marie Finch, Resource Centre Supervisor at Headway Thames Valley.

The charity are looking for volunteers who would be interested in helping with maintaining the garden area on a regular basis. If anyone is interested, however much time you think you could offer they would love to hear from them. Please get in touch with Jamie Higgins, Headway Thames Valley Manager on 01491 411469 or