Seamus Heaney HomePlace Sensory Garden Launch

Seamus Heaney HomePlace have launched a new Sensory Garden at an event attended by newly appointed Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Sean McPeake and local students from Killronan Primary.

The opening took place on 19th June at Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy and was a celebration of the council run facility growing the exhibition to ensure all members of the community have the opportunity to experience Seamus Heaney’s poems.

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Newly appointed Chair of Mid Ulster Council attends the opening alongside students from Killronan Primary School (Credit: Adrian Robinson)

The sensory garden is a self-contained area that concentrates a wide range of sensory experiences. It provides a valuable resource for a wide range of uses, from education to recreation.

What distinguishes this sensory garden from a traditional garden environment is the considered inclusion of features with particular sensory qualities, creating a stimulating and beneficial environment. Particular features within the garden that have sensory qualities include: signs with Braille, interactive pens that recite poetry, fully functioning water well, plants and flowers.

As well as being used recreationally, the garden will provide space for extending the existing HomePlace Education Programme. HomePlace hope the Sensory Garden will provide a means of engaging students with nature and the landscape so that they may increase and develop knowledge and understanding.

At the event students from Killronan Primary, a local school for children with learning difficulties, visited the Creative Zone at HomePlace to read books and decorate wind chimes.

Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Sean McPeake officially opened HomePlace Sensory Garden and hung the wind chimes with the school children before the students explored the Sensory Garden through their senses.

The Seamus Heaney HomePlace Sensory Garden will be opened to the public from 20th June 2018 as part of the overall exhibition experience. Tickets for the exhibition can be bought online at

Credit: Brian Morrison

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