For anyone who hasn't 'been around the back' this is what it looks like at the moment.... (click the pic to view the vid)
.... and this is the one at Dogs Trust Harefield
There are a few examples of these dotted around the country.
Battersea has one, which is mahoosive, concrete based with astroturf areas, and a separate agility bit.
We will obviously have to work with the landscape, which won't lend itself to a 'bowling green' look, but personally I'm really liking the ruggedness of the terrain - it'll be a much more interesting environment I think
Its an absolutely fabulous idea, anything that gets the dogs out of their kennels for extra time and to play is brilliant, and to already have the planning permission is really exciting, well done all who were involved to get to this stage xxx
Gosh, just looked at the video, didnt realise just how much room there is , this project is going to be fantastic when complete xxx
May I suggest involving some schools in this to gain some publicity? A competition for the best design of a mural or to name the sensory 'garden'. Low effort with a potentially good reward. Happy to discuss further.
Brilliant idea about involving schools, we could also approach some companies, after all we will wood, paint etc, etc, local companies such as Wickes, B&Q, The Range, etc, will be happy to help to approach them when we have more of a structured plan, good publicity for them and welcome help/items for the project.
saving one dog will not change the world - but it will change the world for that one dog
It has also been mooted that an easy way to improve the initial appearance of the Home is to paint a large wall mural on the outside using a local artist and children - the Home are very keen on this idea ;D
I have a friend who is currently in the process of painting murals for the Owl Sanctuary in Ebbw Vale. I'll mention it to her as I know she's really keen on helping the home and I'm sure she'd like to help out