A local dementia charity has joined up with ERYC and Sewerby Hall and Gardens to design and construct a uniquely themed sensory “Memory Walk” for the public to enjoy this summer.
Dementia Friendly East Riding supports people living with dementia, their families and carers, and helps to raise awareness and understanding of the condition.
“Bill and Ben the Flower Pot Men” is the main attraction along a specially constructed nature walk which will start outside the main hall and finish in the historic walled garden.
Within the walled garden there will be a special display featuring some of the characters from the “The Wizard of Oz” and celebrating the film’s 80th anniversary, designed and built by Worklink Sewerby.
Phil Anastasi, chairman of the charity, said: “The overall aim of the memory walk is to provide a sensory experience that can be enjoyed by young and old alike and we are particularly keen to encourage families who may have been affected by dementia to come along.
“People living with the condition will be able to engage in a variety of activities designed to stimulate positive emotions through smell, touch, sight and hearing. Happy memories can be created in so many different ways”.
The walk will include a wildlife challenge to find and identify the many animals, insects and birds that live in Bill and Ben’s garden.
Marie Gascoigne, facility manager at Sewerby Hall and Gardens, said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone to Sewerby Hall and Gardens this season.
“The newly created memory walk will compliment all the traditional activities we offer in this superb location.
“We also encourage visits from local care home residents and their staff to enjoy the experience.
“I would like to thank all our partners including the main sponsors Help for Health and also Eco Services for their great support and enthusiasm in delivering this amazing new project”.
The Memory Walk was officially opened on Thursday, 25 April by Margaret Chadwick the chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
For additional information please contact Simon Foster the Project Coordinator and DFER Volunteer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org