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Sensory garden opened for guests with autism!

An £8,000 sensory garden, to help people with autism enjoy short breaks at Autism Initiative’s Minshull House, was opened onThursday 16 March by grant funders. 

Awards for All England, part of the Big Lottery Fund, provided the money to create a side garden at Minshull House, in West Derby Liverpool. Ten Camelot volunteers helped paint the decking to finish off the space.


Pat’s Garden, named after Autism Initiatives founder Pat Minshull, includes a special decked area with outdoor eating space, BBQ and sensory planting.

A former rectory set in 500 acres of tranquil country park, Minshull House opened in October 2016 and has provided employment for local people. It was developed specifically to meet the respite needs of adults with autism. Manager Shaun Pike said, “This garden is a great transitional area for guests. It will heighten different senses: touch, feel, sight and some plants that they can taste. We’re so grateful to the Big Lottery Fund for this garden, which will encourage guests to have independence and learn new skills as they grow and harvest from raised beds, plan meals and use the produce we grow."

For more information about autism specific respite at Minshull House please call 0151 330 9500 or email

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