From plans to completion: A sensory garden retreat
Lancing, West Sussex


Fantastic community engagement facilitated by the Lancing Regeneration group for sensory garden project in Lancing

We have artists involved and our intention is to make a first-class garden that will be submitted for consideration in the 2013 Landscape Institute awardsLydia Schilbach, project leader

Wenceling Garden: a vibrant social space for the community

Plans to transform a neglected open space along Lancing’s South Street have come to fruition. The community of Lancing got together and initiated the design of a garden space that featured sensory planting, artworks and raised beds which allows people with limited mobility to enjoy the space. Clearstone resin bound paving was specified for the paths for its smooth wheel chair friendly surface and edging flexibility needed for the resident-led flower bed design involving swirls and curves.

A Community Event: Lancing’s sensory garden project

Children and adults got their hands dirty when they helped develop a brand-new community space for Lancing. Together, they helped dig up more than 30 existing plants to be replanted when the garden was completed the following year. Talented local residents created a ceramic pique assiette mosaic artwork that features on the walls and benches. The paving Clearstone laid, made from naturally sourced gravel bound in resin, complements the natural beach pebble mosaic paths and everyone had lots of fun helping with the painting and planting – a combination that proved vital for the community of Lancing when they set about designing a sensory garden that everyone could admire and enjoy.

Lydia Schilbach, project manager for the garden said “The project is entirely community-led and focuses on promoting local talent and skills, whether from individuals or companies”.

Striving towards a green and sustainable public space

Sustainability is about wellbeing: of individuals, community, economy and environment. This involves enhancing public and private spaces for the enjoyment of everyone, providing value for money and a product that lasts.

Wenceling Garden encapsulates sustainability since from its inception it encouraged participants to get physical, voice design ideas and work as a team, promoting healthy living, community engagement and inclusivity.

The garden’s sustainability credentials are further increased by the fact that some materials were donated or recycled and some of the labour provided by those who now sit, socialise, play and enjoy the fruits of their labour.

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Wenceling Garden is now an enchanting haven

Local Landscape Architect David Pope volunteered to realise the dream of the local residents by putting their ideas and suggestions on paper and creating the working drawing for the garden build and specialist contractors on site.

Wenceling Garden is now an enchanting haven that combines textures, smells, tastes, colour and sound enhancing the environment with birdsong, aroma and a wealth of colours accessible to all.

Wenceling Garden works as a vibrant social space – so much so that designer David Pope was a finalist in the 2013 Society of Garden Designers Awards.

Resin bound paving: Robust and Easy to maintain

And, even with the footfall that the paths of the garden enjoy, Clearstone’s resin-bound surface continues to look good since it is resistant to weeds and cleans naturally when washed by the rain, which soaks away and leaves behind no muddy puddles.

Striving towards a ‘green’ and sustainable environment starts at ground level: choosing Clearstone’s permeable ground surfacing can make a difference.

The porous surface of Clearstone’s resin-bound paving is made from naturally sourced stone mixed with resin, giving imaginative designers creative opportunities for decorative landscaping design.

Project milestones


Resin bound colour: Mocha

Clearstone Mocha resin bound gravel