A NEW sensory garden is being created at the Cope Foundation in Montenotte, Cork.
The project is a collaboration between the association and Trigon Hotels. Cope Foundation is the hotel group’s charitable partner for 2021.
The garden, which is located on the previously unused land next to the Beech Hill Garden Center, will feature elements and plants that stimulate the senses through touch, sight, smell, taste and hearing.
Volunteers from the Trigon Hotels and the Cope Foundation have agreed to take care of the garden.
Raised beds have been built and have already been filled with herbs, plants and flowers.
There are plans to further develop the garden in 2022 by adding water points and more vegetables and herbs.
Kathleen Linehan is the strategic director of HR Trigon Hotels, she says the garden is a really exciting project: “It is important for us that we develop lasting relationships with our charitable partners.
“We want to raise much-needed funds for the Cope Foundation and Ability @ Work, but we also want to support them in other ways and learn new skills together. The idea for the garden came from our common interest in growing our own food and gardening.
“We were delighted to be invited to visit Beech Hill Garden Center and Roots cafe in Montenotte and during our walk we spotted a plot of land that looked perfect for a sensory garden.
“It was wonderful spending a day outdoors planting with volunteers from both organizations.
Shane O’Sullivan is a student at the Cope Foundation and attended the Planting Day he said, “I really enjoyed the planting and meeting the people at the Trigon Hotel. I hope the plants and seeds we have planted grow well and that I will take care of them. Jo-Anne Higgins is Communications and Fundraising Manager at Cope Foundation, she added, “There were a number of bottlenecks that hampered our progress but we were finally able to put our plan in place. in action during the fall.
“We emptied the space and replaced the raised beds, preparing them for the Trigon Hotels team and horticultural students to fill with plants to delight the senses.
“Our expert horticulturalists from the Beech Hill Garden Center coordinated the planting day and are kindly overseeing the various initiatives.
“We have also planted vegetable micro-seeds in the Garden Center tunnel and we can’t wait to see them grow. We have big plans for spring when we can further develop the sensory garden, plant more vegetables and herbs together, and use them to create delicious dishes.
Denis Mangan is a Horticultural Tutor at the Cope Foundation, he said: “Horticulture is an extremely popular topic in our continuing education program and has always played an important role in Cope’s skills development work. Foundation.
“It’s great to have the opportunity to grow with the Trigon Hotels team – we learn from each other and having a common interest in plants, herbs and vegetables means that we are doing something we love. all.
“We all had a very pleasant morning planting the new sensory garden at the Beech Hill Garden Center.
“Our ongoing activities will be extremely beneficial, providing opportunities to engage in physical activity and social interaction.
“We at the Cope Foundation look forward to a sustainable spring loaded with the cultivation of fresh and healthy organic produce with the team at the Hotel Trigon. “