Dementia-friendly “Circle Garden” opens in Homestead Park


Posted on21 Sep 2017

We have officially opened a new dementia-friendly garden at Homestead Park. It is the latest in a series of projects to promote the park as a community area for all.

The garden is situated at the Water End side of Homestead Park. It boasts a spherical central water feature. It has a stone wall perimeter which includes hedging with poetry windows built into it. There is also a circular tree seat and aromatic flowers. These features were chosen to provide an inclusive, open and safe space for everyone to enjoy.

The design was inspired by national research conducted by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation into the UK's ageing society. It considered how dementia-friendly communities could be established.

To design the garden JRHT landscape gardeners worked with people with direct experience of dementia. The gardeners then transformed their vision into reality.

This is the latest in a series of innovations within Homestead Park. They help to make sure the local community can make the most use of the park.

Responding to the official opening of the Circle Garden, Campbell Robb, JRHT's Chief Executive, said:

"It is wonderful to see the park as a hive of activity. People of all ages are making the most of its facilities. The quality of the Circle Garden is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our team at JRHT. They work all year round to provide a beautiful, award-winning space that everyone in the local community can enjoy.

The mission of Homestead Park is to provide a community park for all in the heart of York. I would strongly encourage anyone who has not visited the park to do so. It is truly one of York's brightest gems all year round."