This idea from Sally Blyth, apparently raised beds or large pots could be used so present soil depth not a problem. Please let us know your thoughts:
My idea is that we develop the bowling green into a Sensory/ Community garden. The green would be loosely divided into 4, hopefully 5, areas to represent the 5 senses. When I was headteacher, I created a garden that contained things like the following:
Sound – gravel paths that made a noise as you walked on them, wind chimes that could be hung from branches or man made features, “weeping” type shrubs that rustled in the wind.
Sight- plants of different colours and height, paths that make patterns such as a spiral or zig zag, a “dry” garden built on a rockery to add visual interest, mounds of different sizes created and planted with grass seed.
Touch – plants such as different grasses, rockery plants, stones, logs, a water feature even ( utilise the pipe that is already there). I had a solar powered pump for the water feature at one of the schools.
Smell – any plants that smell nice – lavender, jasmine, honeysuckle. The climbing plants could be trained to grow up a trellis. Bees and butterflies would be attracted then, adding to sight and sound.
Taste – apple, pear, walnut trees. Nothing that needs a lot of looking after.
In the centre of the garden, there could be an arch or pergola with a bench. The garden would be ongoing and added to, with interested villagers encouraged to make it “their own”. There would be an initial financial outlay depending on the garden design and we would need several volunteers to do the work but once that was done, it should not need much maintenance. Any grass may need to be cut, but some of it should be left to grow wild on purpose. Some weeding and pruning may be needed.
There is a good sensory garden in Hunstanton that we could visit to get more inspiration. I don’t know if there is one nearer.
If the council are interested, I could do a presentation at the next PC meeting. Also if anyone is preparing a survey to find out what the people in the village would like the Bowling Green to become, perhaps my idea could be included. As I wasn’t at the last meeting, I don’t know what decisions were made.