2 sensory gardens have been planted on the Ninefields estate in Waltham Abbey.
On Tuesday 13 April 2021, residents joined Epping Forest District Council officers from the Estates and Land, and Community Culture and Wellbeing teams in planting hundreds of flowers to create new sensory gardens, for everyone to enjoy.
Gardens for everyone to enjoy
Local residents requested help to brighten up the area between local shops and the new Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre, which aims to create a better environment and discourage anti-social behaviour.
Visitors to the gardens can enjoy the tranquil formation of pale blues, deep purples and the blend of greens. July will be the best time to see the flowers in full bloom and inhale their scent. One garden has an eye-catching central star feature included as a focal point of interest. Both gardens provide a haven for bees, butterflies and other insects of pollen and nectar.
Big things always start small
Local resident and volunteer Elijah said:
It was indeed a privilege working with [officers] in playing a bit role in giving our community a new look. Big things always start small, hopefully we look forward to more beautiful projects.
Create great estates
The 2 new gardens are an example of the Create Great Estates, Where People Want to Live project, our Estates and Land team has been working on.
Residents can request ways to help improve their estates and help make them happen.
Recently fairy lights were installed in the trees near the Hillhouse shops, in Waltham Abbey with the help of local company Gracelands as part of this project.
Get in touch
If you have any ideas for improving your local area, we want to know, email GetInvolved@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.
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