Solaris garden will help dementia sufferers
A neglected garden has been given a Â£29,000 makeover enabling more people to enjoy the surroundings.
The outdoor area at the Solaris Centre on South Promenade has been specifically designed to create easy access for people with conditions such as dementia.It includes seaside features such as a multi-coloured windbreak and driftwood, as well as wider paths, seating and plants chosen to attract bees and butterfies.David McGrath, sustainability manager at the Solaris, said: “The gardens had become dilapidated and someone had the idea of creating a dementia garden.“The newly formed Friends of Blackpool Solaris have done a lot of the planting.“There is a circular route, and it is aimed at all generations so children can play while they can see their elderly relatives also enjoying the environment.”The project was led by Groundwork, with the majority of the funding coming from The Veolia Environmental Trust which awarded Â£23,634 through the Landfill Communities Fund, with Blackpool Council providing support with an added contribution.The park was officially opened yesterday by Peter Lyttle from Blackpool Dementia Action Alliance. Squires Gate ward councillor Christian Cox said: “Dementia is something I come across in my every day practice as a nurse. “It’s a terrible disease which currently has no cure and it sadly affects many people and their families. “It’s fantastic to see such an excellent facility in South Shore for all people affected by dementia to enjoy.”The executive director of The Veolia Environmental Trust Paul Taylor said: “Community gardens like this one play a vital role in local life and it is great to hear these improvements are complete.”Coun Amy Cross, cabinet member for health and adult services, said: “A wonderful, informal garden has been created that individuals and the whole family can enjoy together. The teams and volunteers worked hard to make this project happen. It is a great space for people to spend time in.”