Beach hut garden hopes to evoke old memories

Sudbury deputy mayor Jack Owen opens a new sensory garden at Catchpole Court Care Home.  FL; Jack Owen, Ann Roache, Marie Samle and Cliff White. ANL-141010-120350009
Sudbury deputy mayor Jack Owen opens a new sensory garden at Catchpole Court Care Home. FL; Jack Owen, Ann Roache, Marie Samle and Cliff White. ANL-141010-120350009

A beach scene has been created in a garden at a care home in Sudbury to help residents remember the good old days.

Using money donated by county councillor John Sayers from his locality budget, staff at Catchpole Court care home in Walnut Tree Lane have built a beach scene for their new sensory garden to help patients, especially those with dementia, recall memories from their past.

Ann Roche, personal activities leader at the home, said: “It’s about getting them back to their happy days, getting them to engage with themselves and helping to look after the plants.”

The garden, which cost £500, was opened by Sudbury’s deputy mayor, Jack Owen.