7th April 2000 at 01:00
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"Special needs in a special place" is the slogan of The Holly Lodge Centre in ichmond Park, Surrey. The garden acts as a refuge from the pressures of everyday life for people with or without special needs, and also offers an adventure and learning experience, which appeals to all the senses using texture, scent, colour and sound. Activities for key stage 1-2 pupils include: natural history of the park; care of the environment; and Victorian life style in Mrs Sawyer's farmhouse kitchen. Approximate cost: pound;1 per person. Advance booking required. Dr Pat Ealey, tel: 020 8948 3209 ext. 236.

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