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SES Water partners with local charity to provide young disabled adults with a water efficient garden

22/03/22

A new water efficient garden will provide a sensory experience and bring positive learning opportunities for young disabled adults’ lives in Surrey.

Located at The Orpheus Centre in Godstone, the garden will be designed and built through a new partnership between SES Water and the independent specialist college this World Water Day, which will be celebrating the importance of groundwater on Tuesday 22 March.

The water company, which supplies drinking water to parts of Surrey, Kent and south London, is providing its expert knowledge along with funding and volunteers to help with the build.

It will be filled with scented and edible plants, sculptures and water features to provide a visual opportunity for learning, as well as being a pleasant place to relax.

SES Water’s CEO, Ian Cain, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to help in our community like this and to put our expert knowledge to such a worthy cause.

“The Orpheus Centre does such fantastic work with young adults, and we’re pleased to be able to help with the build of this new garden.

“We’ll be helping with funding, the design and building to make sure every plant and feature is water efficient and isn’t damaging to the environment.

“We look forward to starting this new partnership and helping the college continue to improve the centre in Godstone.”

The college will also be designing its own friendly bench to help tackle loneliness and social isolation at the centre.

The Orpheus Centre’s Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser, Jack Betteridge, said: “We’re very grateful to SES Water for its help in this garden and look forward to seeing the finished product.

“Along with the plants and water features we will be designing our very own friendly benches. This is an inspiring new movement sweeping across the UK which aims to tackle loneliness and social isolation in local communities.

“Our benches would be a safe social space for anyone feeling lonely or at a loose end and the students will be encouraged to use them as a place to go if they want somebody to speak to.

“Many of our students at Orpheus have communication and social interaction difficulties and live with a high degree of stress, this in turn can influence their behaviour.

“This sensory garden will help provide an enhanced opportunity for learning and educational outcomes, as well as being a pleasant place to relax.”

The aim is for work to begin in June with the garden completed by the end of summer.