Access students look forward to their new Delancey garden

DELANCEY Campus’s Access Programme is submitting plans to create a kitchen garden and sensory area.

As part of the regeneration of Delancey Park, the College of Further Education’s Access Programme- for those with learning disabilities and difficulties- was offered a piece of land to use. It has now submitted plans to develop in front of the bowling green.

Programme manager Sue Clack said there was a small garden within the college grounds but it was not accessible to those in wheelchairs.

‘Having this will help their maths, social and environmental skills and just help them as a group,’ she said.

‘It will also develop their understanding of where foods come from.’

Mrs Clack said it was hoped work on the project would start soon to have it ready for September’s intake of students.

‘What we really need is financial support and muscle,’ she said.

‘We have a plan and we have started to look at some of the things we can have for the sensory garden. But the big issue is finance.’

Community Service had already helped clear some of the land, but the college also needs a landscape gardener or architect to help with the design.

It hopes to grow potatoes, carrots and other vegetables- some of which will be used by the catering department. It would also like the community to look after the area in return for vegetables.

Ryan Ozanne, 18, is a student in the course.

‘It is going to be good as we will have more space,’ he said.

‘We have a lovely garden but it is too small. It will be nice to see people using this area.’

Rebecca Elwin, 20, agreed.

‘It will be nice as we can go out there with our friends at lunch.’

Janina Almeida, 19, who uses a wheelchair, said she would use the park a lot more.

‘It would be good if they created a path for me to get there,’ she said.

‘The whole regeneration of the park is great.’

by Aimee Le Cocq

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