Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Stephen Donnelly has welcomed the news that a Wicklow group is to benefit from a big funding boost for sensory gardens.
Deputy Donnelly explained, “The Government has agreed to invest over €714,000 in 25 of these specialist gardens around the country. The money comes from the CLÁR programme, provided by the Department of Rural and Community Development. This is a fund that’s dedicated to financing small-scale infrastructural projects in rural areas that have suffered from severe population decline in recent years.
“Anyone who has experienced a sensory garden will know just how invaluable it is. It’s tailor-made to stimulate the senses and can massively enhance quality of life for people with all sorts of disabilities. I’m please to say that under the latest plan Wicklow’s Knockananna Community Group in will get €34,000 which should go a very long way to developing a unique sensory garden of their own.
“It’s very encouraging to see forward-thinking projects like this starting to get the funding they deserve. I know we’ve a long way to go but at least we’re heading in the right direction”, concluded Donnelly.