Volunteers Attend Sensory Garden Official Opening Ceremony

Headway Arts Sensory Garden Opening

Yesterday we held an official opening ceremony for our sensory garden, organised by our fantastic volunteer Mr Bill Thompson.

Bill was part of the congregation when Headway ArtSpace was the United Reformed Church and he has been instrumental in the creation of the Sensory Garden as part of the regeneration of the building.

Since employees of Santander UK helped us with the initial landscaping back in 2015, Bill has given us much of his time and extensive gardening knowledge, as well as recruited help and donations from fellow members of the Rotary Club of Blyth, Northumberland, local Freemasons, Croft OAP Club, Azure Garden Centre, his wife Hazel, and family & friends.

Our artists have been inspired to work on a colourful mosaic mural for the wall, with tiles donated by John Foley & Son, which they will continue to work on over the coming weeks. It’s been a real collective community effort and we would like to thank everyone who has helped us along the way: THANK YOU!


Some of the plants and pots donated to the Headway Arts Sensory Garden Opening Headway Arts Sensory Garden Opening Headway Arts Sensory Garden Opening


We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of all our funders which currently includes:

  • Arts Council England
  • Blyth Town Council
  • Community Foundation
  • Edward Gostling Foundation – RW Mann Trust – Shears Foundation
  • Erasmus+
  • Great Northumberland
  • Hadrian Trust – High Sheriff of Northumberland – Rothley Trust
  • Heritage Fund
  • National Lottery Community Fund
  • Northumberland County Council
  • Postcode Community Trust
  • Sir James Knott Trust
  • The 1989 Willan Trust – Wellesley Trust
  • the Coalfields Regeneration Trust