A Bolton care home is to create a multi-sensory garden thanks to funding.

Lever Edge Care Home, in Great Lever, was awarded £6,100 by Bolton Council as part of the Bolton Transformation Fund.

The money will be used to create a colourful, edible garden with installations to stimulate both sight, sound and smell. And anyone helping to care for the garden, will be invited to make use of the produce they grow.

With the help of the local community, the care home is hoping to grow various fruit, vegetables and herbs, with residents already looking forward to the prospect of tasting their own home grown produce.

Home manager Karen McMahon said:

“We were absolutely delighted to win the funding bid for our multi-sensory garden and can’t wait to get started with the installation work.

“The residents are thrilled they will be able to grow their own produce and look forward to harvesting later in the year for the kitchen to create some wonderful dishes.

“The garden will also be a great place to spend some time during the warmer months, as there will be lots to see, hear and smell.

“Multi-sensory activities have a proven therapeutic effect for the elderly, especially those with dementia, as it can help to alleviate confusion, depression and anxiety.”

Building work on the garden will begin in April, with local community group Great Lever Connected carrying out the work, including installing chimes, ornaments and other audiovisual features.