Children with a variety of complex medical needs visit Finches Respite Centre in Burgess Hill, enjoying the facilities while their parents can enjoy a break from the 24/7 care requirements that their children often have.
The garden at Finches was largely laid to lawn except for a small patio, until staff brought it to the attention of Rockinghorse. The difficulty was that nearly all of the children use wheelchairs, which are very difficult to move across grass.
Rockinghorse has transformed the space into an accessible garden full of colour, interactive items and stimulation.
Fundraising began in February 2009 and in May 2010 the garden was completed. Children can now enjoy the wheelchair accessible roundabout, the jungle area, the sensory hut and the accessible planters, all of which are designed to encourage children to enjoy and be involved with the garden.