Work underway at Fisher Tomlin & Bowyer-designed sensory woodland for blind veterans

Fisher Tomlin & Bowyer has designed a sensory woodland and kitchen garden for service charity Blind Veterans UK's third centre.

An artist's impression of the Fisher Tomlin & Bowyer design
An artist's impression of the Fisher Tomlin & Bowyer design

Work is underway to turn the 1.6ha site at the charity’s Llandudno Centre in the Welsh town of the same name into a woodland fit for veterans. The centre assesses veterans in need of help and also provides a venue for holidays, respite and nursing care

Founding director Andrew Fisher Tomlin said it had been a great honour to be asked to work on the project, which will feature a series of experiences linked by a matrix of paths where vision impaired former servicemen and women can enjoy the woodland in groups or on their own.

It includes a meeting space formed from a glade with a central outdoor fireplace, a wildlife and bird watching walk as well as shelters, hides and a raised walkway through a densely planted area.

The company is also designing a separate kitchen garden to include edible plants inspired by the work of James Wong and Mark Diacono and chosen for their ability to provide year round interest.

Tomlin said: "This isn’t just for members of Blind Veterans UK who are visiting the centre but also a great resource for the whole community. For example local school children will be able to experience the woodland wildlife.

"We’re especially keen to get nurseries involved in the supply of new plant material and attract companies such as tree surgeons to provide long term support to the new woodland garden’s maintenance."

Charity project leader Paul Wynne-Williams said: "Blind Veterans UK has been providing services to veterans since 1915 and as we approach our hundredth year this is a great way to celebrate the work that we do by providing a resource that not just our visitors but the whole community can use."



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