Coliseum Shopping Park launches new community garden

A new community sensory garden at the Coliseum Shopping Park in Ellesmere Port was officially opened on Thursday, 30 October, by The Mayor of Ellesmere Port, Cllr Brian Jones. The sensory garden is part of our £3m investment designed to improve the experience for visitors to the Park.


03 November 2014

Mayor of Ellesmere Port Cllr Brian Jones opens the sensory garden at Coliseum Shopping Park

The sensory garden was designed by professional design studio 'Different' working with a group of nine young people from local charity Quarriers Young People Support Service, which helps young people build supportive relationships with their families and address difficult issues they may be facing in their lives.

The design for the garden was put together over the course of three workshops, which included consulting with visitors to the park about what they’d like to see included in the plans. Some of the young people who took part in the project also helped plant the garden, alongside local contractor Landstruction. 

The project helped to equip the young people with valuable skills engaging them with the public consultation process, results analysis, team work, debate and design.”

Jo Hughes, Project Manager, Quarriers Young People Support Service

Jo Hughes, Project Manager, Quarriers Young People Support Service said: “The project helped to equip the young people with valuable skills engaging them with the public consultation process, results analysis, team work, debate and design.”

The finished garden incorporates musical pipes, fragrant herbs and flowers, seating for visitors, and wildlife boxes for birds and insects to provide an inclusive space for visitors and support biodiversity.

The installation of the garden follows the recent opening of a new pirate ship themed play park on site. Both the garden and the play park have been delivered through our investment strategy for the Coliseum, which includes trying to better utilise some of the park’s public spaces to provide a new more engaging environment for visitors. The investment is also improving the attractiveness of the physical environment on site by giving the buildings a facelift, replacing old store frontages with new modern facades.

Hannah Milne, Portfolio Manager of The Crown Estate’s Regional Portfolio said: “The finished garden looks stunning and the ideas put forward by visitors were really helpful in guiding the final plans. I’d especially like to thank the volunteers from Quarries Young People Support Service, whose efforts have helped us create a unique new attraction for shoppers and the local community.” 

The Mayor of Ellesmere Port, Cllr Brian Jones said: “The new sensory garden is a great addition to the Coliseum. A space where visitors can take a break from their shopping whilst engaging with their senses will no doubt be well received by the local community.”