anks to funding from the Naturesave Trust, The Tinnis Trust, has created a new sensory garden to help women and children who have experienced trauma. The Naturesave Trust is funded by the activities of Naturesave Insurance , the UK’s leading
ethical insurance provider for individuals, businesses, charities and community groups.
The ethos of the Tinnis Trust is that no one is beyond recovery and, as a metaphor for this, we have re-used, recycled and repurposed as many materials as possible in the creation of this garden. With the help of volunteers and a generous grant of £2500 from the Naturesave Trust, we have repurposed a disused area of land, creating a garden with a variety of planters, shelters, windchimes, bird feeders, bug hotels and a herb spiral. The aim is to stimulate all of the senses, with textured paths to walk, plants to touch and taste, colourful flowers, aromatic herbs and windchimes. The garden also includes a mud kitchen made from a repurposed sink where children
can play, and a cold frame made from old windows where volunteers can grow vegetables.
Trauma significantly impacts a person's ability to respond to sensory input, making them feel numb and disconnected from the world around them. Research shows that sensory integration, using plants, animals and the outdoors can help guide trauma survivors towards recovery. This garden provides a place where people who access trauma recovery retreats at the farm can regain peace and reconnect with themselves and the world around them.