A new sensory garden is to be created on an unused car park in the heart of Dedworth – and councillors are hoping that volunteers will take responsibility for maintaining it.

The Borough has secured a lease over the former car park in Fuzzens Walk, Dedworth which was previously being used as a storage site.

Cllr Samantha Rayner, the council’s cabinet member for culture and communities, said: “We are investing in our communities to help improve residents’ lives.

“The sensory garden in Dedworth is an excellent use of this previously unused space to bring beauty and joy to residents and huge benefit to the community.”

Work should begin in July with the garden opening later this year.

Raised beds will be installed along with benches and water storage facilities. Local volunteers will be planting flowers.

Cllr Ed Wilson, ward member for Clewer South, said: “This new facility will be something residents can enjoy for years to come.

“Sensory gardens contain features to stimulate visitors’ senses and brains, helping combat dementia, autism and other conditions but can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

“I am grateful for support from local housing provider Radian in getting this unique community facility off the ground.

“Any groups or individuals wanting to use the garden or volunteer to help keep it open for the community should contact me over the course of the summer.”

Lynne Huggins, a Radian Independent Living Team Leader, said: “We were approached about this project in 2016 and thought that it could be a great way to use the Fuzzens Walk site.

“Our residents at the nearby Leslie Dunne House and everyone else from Dedworth will hopefully make good use of the garden.”