Sensory Trust projects, past and present

Current projects (see our project highlights)

  • Creative Spaces in the Community. Creating dementia-friendly communities and designs.
  • Pilchards Pits and Postcards. Opening up access and understanding of heritage for all people.
  • Clay Tales. A new app and sensory guides to immerse people in the stories and experiences of the clay area, an extraordinary post-mining landscape in the heart of Cornwall.
  • Creative Carers Network. Using nature-based activities to benefit the lives of carers and those they care for.
  • Dementia Nature Kits. Enriching the lives of people living with dementia, their families and carers.
  • Researching sensory experiences - a systematic review of older people's engagement with nature with the European Centre for Environment and Human Health.
  • Eden Project's Big Lunch Extras. Creating a series of Field Guides and running workshops to help communities plan successful local projects.
  • Access reviews. Latest reviews include the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Eden Project and the Royal Cornwall Museum.
  • Eden Sessions. From hearing balloons to accessible bars, how we've worked with Eden Project to make music accessible to everyone.
  • Let Nature Feed Your Senses. Connecting disengaged groups with nature through food and farming.
  • Sensory nature hubs. Providing outdoor classroom extensions in special schools to support the learning and development of young people with learning disabilities by engaging with nature and the outdoors.
  • Social Sustainability Toolkit. Integrating an inclusive approach to the planning, design and construction of new capital build projects.

Completed projects

  • Accessible information. Development of new approaches to creating information that is attractive and reaches the widest audience.
  • Ask. A UK-Japan collaboration focused on nature-based inclusive children's play.
  • Audience development plan, Kent. Production of an Audience Development Plan and Access Plan helped Mote Park in Kent secure a successful HLF bid.
  • Awakening Senses. An event with Eden Project as part of the Community Service Volunteers (CSV) 'Making a Difference Day'.
  • Bodmin Community Hospital, dementia-friendly design. With Dirtworks, planning and design of a new family room, semi-outdoor and garden spaces.
  • By All Reasonable Means. Production of the national guidance publication for Countryside Agency.
  • Capital Woodlands. Improving local community engagement and accessibility for London's ancient woodlands.
  • Carers connect with nature. Outdoor visits and nature-based activities are giving carers much-needed creative respite
  • Clay futures. Sensory Trust was a partner of the Clay Futures Project, providing opportunities for communities in mid-Cornwall to have a say in decisions about the development of their local area
  • Clay Country Local Action Project. Empowering disengaged groups to take an active role in local community initiatives.
  • Climate Change and Civil Society. With Eden Project, helping non-environmental civil society groups engage with climate change and resource scarcity.
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Identifying ways of improving access to the war grave sites and associated information.
  • Connect. Three year project supported by Lloyds TSB Foundation, connecting older disabled people and people with learning disabilities with their local public spaces as a way of building lasting links between them and their wider communities.
  • Connecting with nature. Sensory Trust was commissioned by Natural England to work with four national nature reserves in the south west of England to improve experience for disabled people.
  • Crich National Tramway Museum. Commissioned by Renaissance East Midlands to review and advise on access and visitor experience at the Crich Tramway Village in Derbyshire.
  • Dame Hannahs. We've been working on wayfinding strategy and signage designs to help visitors find their way around this fantastic events, training and social venue at Seale Hayne.
  • Discover Eden. Accessible visitor information developed for the new education centre, the Core, at the Eden Project.
  • Easy Access to Historic Landscapes. Sensory Trust was commissioned by English Heritage to create their new national guidance publication.
  • Eden Project bakery. Great new style creates a more community feel to eating lunch; we've been helping make sure this works for all visitors.
  • Eden humid tropics biome. Adding sensory layers to the visitor centre and integrating inclusive design in the plans for the new walkway.
  • Evaluation toolbox. Tools developed to assess quality of experience
  • Food Tastes Better Outdoors. Enabling people with learning disabilities to prepare and package healthy food for picnics and discover suitable places to eat outdoors.
  • Forest toolkit. Development of a new toolkit for the Forestry Commission to help make forest recreation sites accessible and engaging for everyone.
  • The Garden at the Eden Project. Organising pre-design consultation to inform the design of a new outdoor garden space at the Eden Project, and post-design consultation to guage its success.
  • Garden-based community engagement and staff training at Lanhydrock. Continuing program of furthering disabled people's access and enjoyment of the outdoor environment and public green space.
  • Golitha Falls. Commissioned by Natural England to undertake visitor experience and access reviews and community consultation to identify priorities for access improvements.
  • Hannahs at Seale Hayne. Designing new visitor maps and information to help visitors find their way around this fantastic site.
  • I'DGO Project, Member of this collaborative research programme, focused on improving accessibility of the built environment for older people.
  • Kent County Council. Development of bespoke site evaluation toolkit to review site accessibility, and delivery of training for site managers.
  • The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Commissioned to undertake site reviews to identify access improvements.
  • Making Connections: a guide to accessible greenspace. Publication based on UK wide research and highlighting ways to improve the accessibility of public spaces.
  • National Trust training days. Sensory Trust trained Community Learning and Volunteering Managers, rangers and wardens from the National Trust in site access review and diversity awareness.
  • Restoring the Cornish Heathlands. with Landlife, giving local communities the chance to get directly involved in restoring the china clay spoil tips in Cornwall.
  • Sheffield City Council, access strategies. The Trust worked with Sheffield Parks Woodlands and Countryside (PWC) to help them develop a system for prioritiseing access improvements to their 700 greenspace sites.
  • Sissinghurst Garden, framework for engagement. Advising on quality of experience and visitor diversity to help the National Trust widen its visitor appeal at Sissinghurst in Kent.
  • Fiery Spirits. Member of a network supported by Carnegie UK Trust, bringing our experience of social inclusion and sustainability to a community of practice dedicated to creating resilient rural communities in the UK and Ireland.
  • South Hams access workshops. Bringing together a rich mix of stakeholders to identify priorities for improving this part of the Dorset coast.
  • Stourhead seasonal trail project for the National Trust
  • Therapeutic Garden Design at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust
  • Westonbirt Arboretum. Helping the national Arboretum widen its audience and improve accessibility and experience for all visitors.


Sensory Trust offer a range of consultancy services that include:

We also offer training packages that cover subjects such as diversity awareness and producing accessible information.