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Bedmond Academy reveal new sensory garden

After months of creativity, planning and hard work, Bedmond Academy have revealed their new sensory garden. Working closely with local landscape design practice Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd, they have developed a garden for all ages to enjoy.

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Children have already started experiencing and benefiting from the sensory garden, with some helping to plant the final flowers and others just enjoying the relaxing environment that stimulates their senses. It is a fun educational tool that can be used to encourage touch, smell and taste, helping children to explore and learn about their different senses and nature. 

The plants selected are drought tolerant and relatively low maintenance. Many of the plants have highly textural foliage and a long flowering season for visual interest and to attract pollinators to the garden. There was also a focus on scent, particularly with climbers such as Passion Flower and Honeysuckle, as well as herbaceous shrubs such as Anthemis and Perovskia. Strawberries are also dotted throughout the garden for the children to find and enjoy. 
 

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Principal of Bedmond Academy, Jo Harris says "We cannot wait to start using our garden regularly and are very excited to see how it grows throughout the rest of this term. We hope to use this area lots to enhance our outdoor learning even more". 

The amazing fundraising efforts of the PTA, continued help from talented parents, and donations from supportive and generous local organisations helped them to create a garden that will bring joy and support the wellbeing of the children of Bedmond Academy for years to come.

A huge thank you to The Sunnyside Rural Trust, a brilliant horticultural charity supporting vulnerable adults in Hertfordshire, who kindly donated half of the plants towards the project. Thank you also to Crocus, who donated materials from old RHS show gardens, Allgreen Group and Kinley Systems for their support of the project.

 

 

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