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New garden makes sense.

Residents of a Teesside care home are having their senses stimulated.

A sensory garden has been opened at The Poplars Care Home in Thornaby, thanks to the fundraising efforts of staff, residents and their families.

More than pounds 2,000 was collected for the paved garden, which boasts benches, water features, a bird table and fragrant flowers.

Resident Peggy Greaves, 92, was among those enjoying the new seating area.

She said: "It is marvellous. We can all sit in the sunshine with our families. The flowers are gorgeous."

Dorothy Littlefair, 62, added: "It is a lovely garden. We all really enjoy looking at the plants and flowers."

It has taken 18 months to raise the funds for the garden, which was officially opened by Redcar-based Paralympian Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson.

Home manager Doreen Bonnar added: "The garden is making a big difference to our residents' lives."
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Title Annotation:News Local
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 5, 2005
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