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New sensory garden opens in Ballyclare

Mayor, Councillor Mark Cooper BEM is joined by children from Fairview Primary School.

Mayor, Councillor Mark Cooper BEM is joined by children from Fairview Primary School.


Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Mark CooperBEM was joined by local school children to officially open a new sensory garden in Ballyclare.

 

This unique sensory garden, located within Ballyclare War Memorial Park, is specifically designed to cater to the needs of individuals with autism, dementia, and other sensory requirements.

 



Delighted with the Council’s recent addition to Ballyclare, the Mayor comments:


“This is our third sensory garden in the Borough. This unique style of playground has proven to befun and enjoyable while catering for the diverse needs of our local community.


Children from Doagh Primary School enjoying activities at the opening of the new sensory garden.

Children from Doagh Primary School enjoying activities at the opening of the new sensory garden.

Pupils from Ballyclare Primary School enjoy explore!

Pupils from Ballyclare Primary School enjoy explore!

Mayor, Councillor Mark Cooper BEM is joined by children from Doagh Primary School.

Mayor, Councillor Mark Cooper BEM is joined by children from Doagh Primary School.


“The Council is committed to creating safe, welcoming and inclusive playgrounds as well as a place for our residents and visitors to spend quality time in nature.


“Our sensory gardens serve as valuable assets for the community, promoting mental health and physical wellbeing through learning and exploring.”



Teacher and pupils from Kilbride Central Primary School having fun!

Lily Andrew pictured at the official opening.

Lily Andrew pictured at the official opening.


The garden's layout has been carefully crafted to provide a stimulating yet calm environment, encouraging creativity and social interaction. Visitors can meander along winding paths, while enjoying a full sensory experience, including a melody of soothing sounds from wind chimes, brightly coloured drums, a mini-beast hotel and interactive touch panels, all designed to enhance nature-based learning activities.

 

In addition to Ballyclare Sensory Garden, similar facilities can be found at Hazelbank Park and Antrim Castle Gardens, all of which are free to access. The gardens are open from dawn to dusk.

 



For more information on our inclusive activities, please visit:


 

 

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