sketch of Sensory Trust garden for Hampton Court


RHS Hampton Court Palace show garden

A collaboration between Sensory Trust and Defra celebrates the Year of Green Action 2019

This accessible, sensory-rich family garden promotes the Year of Green Action 2019. It demonstrates how engaging with the wonders of the natural world can foster deep, lasting connections, motivating us to care and act for the environment which cares for us. The garden takes the visitor on a journey into the sensory-rich world of nature. Visitors can explore hanging tactile living panels, plants grown for their sensory appeal and children's miniature garden worlds. The journey continues through scented nectar-rich flowers to a nature haven of hidden dens and sensory snug - a space for vital time out and relaxation.

The garden promotes sustainable gardening practices such as saving water, re-using materials and caring for nature, demonstrating how easily people and wildlife can live together. It also shows how accessible and beautiful design can go hand in hand.

The aim of the garden is to equip the visitor with affordable and transferable ideas for recreating many of the aspects of the garden on any budget.

People and Gardens team potting up plants

Joining forces with People and Gardens CIC – gardening for health and wellbeing

People and Gardens are no ordinary nursery, something you notice as soon as you enter the large greenhouse, the laughter the chatting and of course the cricket games at lunchtime!

Spearheaded by Ken and Lorraine Radford, People and Gardens was established in 1997 to help people with learning disabilities and mental health issues develop work and social skills. Through gardening and caring for the land the team develop as individuals and benefit from equality of choice and opportunity in the workplace.

People and Gardens therefore were the obvious choice to grow our annuals for the show.

Ceramics designed by young people with disabilities

It was always important to us that the garden wasn’t just designed for young people but they also played an active part in the garden design. Young people with disabilities and their families have been busy making beautiful ceramic tiles inspired by nature . Working with clay has been perfect as it is such a tactile and accessible material, each piece carries its own story.

Leach Pottery in St Ives kindly helped us bring our ideas to life, their guidance and support has been invaluable.



An example tile that will be used as part of the garden at Hampton Court
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