Local Team Effort
A huge thank you to everyone involved for all of their hard work, dedication and amazing support. Please pass on my thanks to everyone who gave up so much of their time to make it so very special for the children. We are very fortunate to have so much valuable support. Jo Evans - Head.
This project began early in 2021 when it was decided that the school would like to renovate an undeveloped area at the front of the school.
Nicola Nott - Chair of FOTS
“We decided that we wanted to make the space not just a pleasant area to be in at play times but also an opportunity for learning. This garden will have been a huge team effort by many different local businesses and individuals. The working bee of parents, friends and children volunteers. The project will achieve a real sense of community and achievement.”
Rebecca Parks - Trinity School TA
“ We believe children learn best when they’re fully engaged, and a sensory garden is a brilliant all round teaching tool that will do exactly that.”
The garden will also provide the only fully accessible outdoor learning area for the less mobile children at the school.
The project is being delivered by local Design and Garden Maintenance specialists Spaces Aligned, owner Jess Craig aims to complete the work before school re-opens after the half term break.
Jess Craig - Spaces Aligned
"We are very proud to work on such a fantastic initiative for the school, which will provide a wonderful place that children can enjoy for many years to come.
This has been a real team effort, starting with the wonderful design by Ingrid Leene, landscaping by Family Tree and plants generously donated by Toad Hall.
We have an ambitious deadline that is only possible thanks to the support of parent volunteers and my staff who will work through the weekend to get all the final pieces in place."
It has been funded by the school, FOTS and also Cora Corrigan from WPA Health Insurance who are a non profit health insurers that kindly sponsor local projects that have health benefits.
Additional special thanks to:
Ingrid Leene, for designing the garden
Quick Grass: For the donation of the Astro Turf
Peppard Building Supplies for donation of essential materials
Charlie Armstrong for materials and all the waste removal
Louise Holland from “Burning Desire” for the etching of the school values into the woodwork. Care, Courage & Respect.
Tim Levy - Carpentry
Sensory gardens appeal to all 5 senses and offer a rich therapeutic experience to students with a range of different needs. The garden will create a protected, stimulating place for children of all abilities who may enjoy being, working and socialising outdoors.
Whilst some areas of the garden will provide a place for relaxation and contemplation, some will be more engaging, encouraging exploration, touch or taste, and interaction with particular plants, or features and objects. The garden will not only teach the children about the five senses, it also gives children a chance to explore plant life cycles, how to grow plants, learn about where our food comes from, the seasons, the importance of insects as well as discover other wildlife up close
The focus of the garden will be to create an area for the children to explore through their senses as well as learning about nature and gardening.