Members of Severn Trent Searches, who provide searches and reports for conveyancing, have been busy creating a sensory garden for locals near their office in Nottingham.
The sensory garden is located at St. John the Evangelist Church in Annesley – a stone’s throw from where the Severn Trent Searches team is based.
Owen Davies, Business Development Manager at Severn Trent Searches, said: “I got in touch with the church because they hold a community food bank there, and I wanted to see how we might be able to help with that.
“However, they told me they’d rather use our resources to help build a sensory garden on the church grounds. Knowing we had a budding horticulturist on our team, Ian Mann, I jumped at the chance!”
What is a sensory garden?
It provides an engaging experience that can stimulate all the senses, including sight, touch, smell, taste, and hearing. Sensory gardens can particularly benefit people with additional physical and mental needs.
Ian Mann, Senior Customer Service Advisor at Severn Trent Searches, handpicked the plants for the sensory garden based on his passion for horticulture and his experience working in a butterfly house and a local nursery.
A staged approach
The project was split into different stages: clearance, water supply, planting, and rockery build.
The first job was to clear the borders of weeds, rubbish, and rubble ready for planting.
Ian and the team noticed there wasn’t an outdoor tap to water the plants, so they called upon their contacts at HomeServe, who specialise in emergency home repairs.
Clearing the borders unearthed lots of rocks, which the Severn Trent Searches used to build a pretty rockery. On top of that, they installed three benches.
Ian said: “We were asked to make the garden as bee and butterfly-friendly as possible, so we’ve used many flowering plants. When I returned recently, the border was alive with bees and butterflies, which confirmed we had chosen wisely!”
A delightful result
Severn Trent Searches pays employees to volunteer two days each year to spend time helping the communities they serve.
The creation of this sensory garden is just one example of the many community projects being delivered as part of the organisation’s sustainability plan.
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