Gardens

The Albrighton Trust has a successful record of supporting people with special needs and their carers for over 20 years by providing high standard facilities and offering a range of esteem-building activities.

Users’ health and well-being is the priority and its improvement through a programme of exciting and diverse activities which engage the imagination and push back the boundaries of normally accepted restrictions.  Users can increase their skills, particularly horticultural students who have use of the greenhouse, raised nursery beds, landscaped and natural gardens, waterways and wooded areas with a wildlife habitat.  Therapeutic users have a full range of horticultural opportunities as well as Arts, Angling and Environmental projects.   Additionally, the Resource Centre offers a comfortable lounge with kitchen and disabled-specific toilet facilities as well as access to the internet for those who need to research a little more information about one of the courses or just get in a bit of IT practice using the Assisted Technology Kit, provided especially for those with sight or cognitive impediments.

The Resource Centre and Gardens were designed around a 13th century scheduled Moat, now converted to an angling facility with six wheelchair accessible platforms and stocked with many native species of fish.  Four and a half acres of landscaped gardens offer unsurpassable recreation and relaxational opportunities with nature trails bird hides and assorted wildlife to tempt children - and adults - into active participation.

The trust has worked under the expert guidance of English Heritage and also the Environment Agency both of whom have contributed greatly to the success of the overall project by offering their invaluable support at critical times of development.

 

"The World we share is only given to us on trust, every choice we make regarding the earth, air and water around us is made with the objective of preserving it all for the next generation”
August A.Bush

 

The gardens are maintained to a high standard under the guidance of our head gardener with the help of volunteers and young people participating in our Horticultural Training Programme. The flowers and shrubs reflect the changing seasons and the colour and texture of the gardens varies with the time of the year.

Click on one of our gardens below to read more:

 

 

Flora

Colourful borders give year round interest. In spring, daffodils, snowdrops and bluebells are a delight. Summer brings a blast of colour from herbaceous borders, climbing roses and honeysuckles. In autumn the foliage brings interest to the gardens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fauna

Along the Stream that runs through the eastern edge of the site a woodland habitat has been created over the years and the dead damp wood has created an excellent area for invertebrates to thrive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sensory Garden

Offers an excepionally sensory environment, it is sensory rich with textures, aromas and sounds created by careful planning of flower beds, pathways and water features to appeal to the senses in such a way that they provide maximum sesnsory stimulation.

 

 

 

 

 

Inhabitants

Plant diversity attracts insects and other invertebrates (includinging butterflies, bees, spiders and millipedes), birds and mammals

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our wildflower garden was created in 2012 as part of the 'garden for the games' programme for the olymics.

Wildflower gardens help preserve native flowers some of which are on the edge of extinction as well as attract a number of animal species which feed on wildflowers or other animals found in wildflower gardens, while some create themselves a home in these gardens.

 

 

Volunteers

Volunteers are always required to help with the maintenance, monitoring and vision for further Wildlife environmental development.