The Wilding the Senses project has now sadly come to an end. Supported by the Postcode Lottery and Arts Connection, we’ve been busy in the gardens here at the Workhouse to renovate what was already here and add to it to create a sensory space to be enjoyed by the whole community.
We’ve created a Listening Place for storytelling and performance, as requested by the children who took part in our ‘Storytelling’ planning session with Helen East. We’ve also added new sand pits and a climbing net as well as revamping the existing treehouse.
We’ve added 6 new Medicinal Herb beds with Herbalist Natalie Morris, which we plan to use as an outdoor classroom from 2018 onwards.
We’ve been Planting for Wildlife with Dewi Morris, to help make the garden more inviting and sustaining for our native wildlife.
We’ve made Memory Gabions with Linda Jane James, that are now homes for our two Slate Marimbas that Rick WIlson helped us to create.
We’ve revamped our beautiful Cob Oven with Bex Syrett and Sam Key and Gra Stroud has built our brilliant new cover.
We started an Orienteering Course around the garden with Jenny Dingle and Fiona Rowe, which we’ll be adding to in 2018 and we’ve been making Crazy Paving with Jessica Callan, that we’ll be installing next year
We also enjoyed 3 Family Camp Outs throughout the year, where we slept under the stars Friday night, made pizzas on the cob oven with Chris James and spent the Saturday playing and creating with Sam Keys.
Alongside all of this our volunteers have been busy repairing and renovating the existing garden features. These include Elmfield Steiner School who helped in the garden during their visit to the Workhouse earlier in the year and the students of Oswestry School who volunteer at the Workhouse on a regular basis.
Garden of Light
The Garden of Light was our celebration of all we’ve achieved together throughout the Wilding the Senses project. It was an opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to all of our artists and volunteers who have been involved and to everyone who came along to our regular Wilding the Senses family sessions and joined in. Special thanks also to Sian Walters, Mick Clifton and Jo Nicholson at Arts Connection for securing the funding and making all of this possible in the first place and for their much appreciated help and support throughout.
Our lanterns were lovingly made with help from Dewi Morris by participants Wilding the Senses and the pupils of Llanfyllin Primary and High School. The Garden of Light also featured Storytelling with Helen East. Shadow puppets by Tell-a-Vision. Light painting with Ben Davis. Face painting and fire poi by Sam Key. Drumming by Rick Wilson. Sustenance by Zarena Allan and technical wizardry by Stue Gane.
The Garden of Light was also our opportunity to remember Andy Lee, the founder of the Llanfyllin Green Hub. We are all now custodians of what he began. The Green Hub is in our hands. We hope 2018 activity will include hedge laying, scything, medicinal herbs, using a cob oven and anything else we as a community feel is useful and desirable. Join Llanfyllin Green Hub on Facebook or email Greenhub@the-workhouse.com to keep in touch with what’s going, suggest or offer activities or to volunteer.
The Memorial Garden at the Workhouse is here for everyone to enjoy. It is open every day during daylight hours and is free to use. It is your space. Please use and enjoy it and respect other users when you do. Thank you to everyone who came and supported us throughout the project. We hope you enjoy the garden!