Primary school gets £1k to complete sensory garden

PUBLISHED: 13:00 05 February 2018

The school was awarded the £1,000 for a sensory garden.

The school was awarded the £1,000 for a sensory garden.

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A school has been handed £1,000 to create a sensory garden for its pupils.

Crockerne Primary School was handed the money from the Aviva Community Fund after earning almost 1,500 votes to help a group of parents transform a rundown garden area into an outdoor learning space.

Over the past few months, devoted parents and grandparents have spent time cleaning, digging, painting and planting to create a safe and quiet place for pupils.

Wendy Broadhurst, who put in the appeal on the school’s behalf, said: 
“We would like the children to benefit from spending more time outdoors, relieve some of the pressures within a classroom environment and encourage learning from and within their natural surroundings.

“The aim is for the garden to stimulate the senses with colour, scent and sound, with a water feature and a rockery herb garden being a central feature.”

The group hopes to incorporate different plants to attract wildlife, insects and birds.

Wendy hopes that will ‘open up topics’ for learning about the natural world.

She added: “School playgrounds can be noisy and chaotic and not all children are at ease in this environment.

“We hope the garden will provide a peaceful haven during break times.”

The school will put the money towards a greenhouse for growing seeds, outdoor sinks, watering cans, wind chimes, small fruit trees and plants, benches and seating, children’s trowels, forks and gloves, a weatherproof chalk board and a storage shed.

Wendy said: “It feels amazing the receive this grant. We have worked hard to transform the area which had been taken over by long grass.

“I think there is a lot of evidence to show how getting children out of the classroom is really beneficial and it stimulates them in other ways.”

Wendy added: “We have a great team of parents and helpers who do a variety of fundraising events to help supply essential equipment for the school.

“This money will help 
us complete the garden and all its features ready for use in spring.”

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