New accessible garden for 3 year old Evia

Posted on the 27th February 2018

Evia has an optic nerve glioma (a brain tumour) and Neurofibamatosis type 1, which can cause non-cancerous
tumours that develop on the coverings of nerves. Evia is registered blind and is learning to use a cane to help her mobility. Evia needs lots of support in order to access activities. Sensory play experiences are a vital part of her development, especially to develop her pre brail skills. Evia needed a garden space that she would be able to access independently, in a safe manner to help build her confidence and cane skills.

The Garden Transformation

We wanted to give Evia level access to a more stimulating environment. Volunteers from WSP, worked incredibly hard over two long days, in some very cold weather to transform the uneven space into a fun packed area. The broken block paving was removed, the ground levelled and artificial grass was laid.

A deck path was constructed to provide level access from the back door to the grass, with a balustrade fence adding a safety and decorative feature. A raised bench was built, incorporating a play sand box and an area of planted scented herbs and tall bamboo, adding sensory sounds and smells. Finally an outside tap was plumbed into an play kitchen making this an amazing, safe and engaging environment for Evia.

She loves it, it’s amazing!

Stacey Evia's mum

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