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Richard Murphy, Regard’s services manager in Hailsham, with Richard Grocock, chairman of ‘Hailsham in Bloom,’ who is shown cutting the ribbon at official launch of the new sensory garden at Lynfords and The Marshes, two homes for adults with learning difficulties operated by care provider Regard in Hailsham.

The project involved converting an area of approximately 150 square metres, shared by the two care homes, into a sensory garden which now features elements to appeal to all the senses.

Richard Murphy said: “It was a very happy day, much enjoyed by all, and we’re delighted to receive guidance from Hailsham in Bloom so we can bring our sensory garden up to award-winning level. We’re planning to enter it for the Hailsham in Bloom competition next year and hope to stand a good chance of winning a prize.”

During the transformation residents, mainly elderly, have enjoyed watching staff as they worked on transforming the garden, as well as getting their fingers dirty putting in new plants.

“The launch was marked with an afternoon barbecue attended by representatives of Hailsham in Bloom, and residents of Lynfords and The Marshes and four other local Regard care homes.