When we were in Norfolk recently, after one of our cycles we stopped off in the Sensory Park in Hunstanton's Boston Square. It's a place I've been meaning to photograph for a while, so on a sunny day with the promise of an ice cream to follow it seemed just the thing.
The garden was initiated by the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk and aimed to create a stimulating and innovative garden that would be accessible to everyone and address issues of sustainability and the environment.
The park is divided into three broad areas, the first is the clifftop area, furthest away from the coast and at the highest part of the site which reflect the chalk meadow grassland. The middle section is the wave lawns which reflect the natural strata of the cliffs and then lastly the shingle garden at the bottom of the garden and nearest the sea.
From the top of the garden the view towards the sea is stunning on a sunny day.
The perennial meadow is one of my favourite parts of the park with its grasses softening the view in all directions. And what a wonderful view you'd get from the houses that surround three sides of the square.
The planting throughout the park aims to stimulate the senses and there's plenty of tactile qualities too as well as colour, scent and the rustling sounds.
There's plenty of seating throughout the park and it's a great place to while away some time away from the beach and the town if you need too. And with a space like this I can see there's plenty of need!
In the shingle garden there's plenty of coastal plants, many of which are native and are well used to surviving the windy and saline conditions. And if you've ever been to Sunny Hunny you'll know what I mean about the wind!
And I couldn't finish this post without a view of the sea from the lower part of the garden. Another beautiful view.