Lockyer Community Centre has a dream of creating a sensory garden to inspire and stimulate people affected by dementia.

Did you know that approximately 5% of people aged 65 to 74 years and 40% of people older than 85 have some form of dementia? The number of people diagnosed with dementia or living with it is increasing all the time. What can we do? Let's start by stimulating the senses with flowers, shrubs, herbs and other landscape features.

The goal of this organisation is to provide a community sensory garden aimed specifically at people affected by dementia but also to be enjoyed by community members of all ages, cultures, physical abilities, and a general love of the outdoors, gardening.

Idea and development of this project came in response to identifying a need in our community.

Through networking, community engagement work and collaborating with Dementia Australia Toowoomba. Due to the increasing number of people being affected by Dementia / Memory Loss there is an associated stigma with this condition and a lack of community spaces that provide a sensory experience. 

This project is currently underway at the Lockyer Community Centre, with installation of garden beds and special features to engage the senses, recall and create memories and provide an inclusive community space for all to enjoy, participate and enjoy the harvesting of fresh produce. 

Thanks for our project funding bodies, partners and sponsors:

Lockyer Valley Regional Council Community Grants Program
Dementia Australia Community Grants Program
Family Health Clinic Gatton
Polhmans Nursery 
Big Foot Diggin
Agricultural Requirements
Anuha Disability Services Gatton
Bamboo Logistics
Caroline Moss - Brisbane Sculptor Artist
Bunnings Toowoomba
GIVIT donation platform
Community members 

Our aim is to open this project in 2020.
This garden space is located at the rear of the Lockyer Community Centre 14 Crescent St. Gatton
Once open this project will be continually evolving and developing and encourage all community members to become involved and support this unique space.