Sweco and Story help deliver new sensory garden in Doonfoot

PRIMARY five pupils from Doonfoot Primary School have been granted a sneak preview of the progress being made at a new sensory garden in the village, which is set to open in June.

Designed by environmental design company Sweco and developed by construction firm Story Contracting, the garden forms part of a new active travel route spearheaded by South Ayrshire Council and Ayrshire Roads Alliance that is expected to eventually connect Ayr to Barassie.

Situated on Dunure Road, the sensory garden spans 3600 sqm and will feature a new underpass, a wetland area, pathways and a board walk with a sensory route featuring planting.

The youngsters from Doonfoot Primary were invited to take part in a competition to name the garden. They joined representatives from all organisations to see the work in progress and gain inspiration for the competition, which will also involve pupils from primaries six and seven.

James O’Sullivan, senior project manager from Story Contracting, said, “Hosting the school visit and seeing the children’s enthusiasm as they took part in the interactive engineering activity and had a go at sitting in a Story digger was fantastic for everyone on site. We were delighted to provide this unique opportunity to learn about our industry and hope to inspire the next generation with careers in construction.”

Macauley Wardlaw from Sweco added, “It was great to see the enthusiasm from the children who attended the new sensory garden site. I am sure the children will do a fantastic job at picking a name for the garden and I am excited to see what they come up with.”