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New Sensory Garden at Brompton-Westbrook Primary School

30 January 2020 (by admin)

Huge congratulations to Miss Staples at Brompton-Westbrook who successfully bid for £10,000 from the Community Fund.

This funding will enable the school to create a ‘Sensory Garden’ as part of their wider ‘Bioversity@Brompton’ project. This funding will enable the school to further develop its wide range of pastoral provision and commitment to outdoor learning.

This new sanctuary in our outdoor classroom will provide a beautiful area for reflection, learning and well-being for all. It will also make a difference to those going through difficult times and will be used at different points in the week by the school counsellor, the therapy dog, the nurture group and teachers trained in mindfulness.

We’ll be offering it as a haven for our many armed forces families. After reading the Children’s Commissioner Report, we want families to have a place to connect and feel heard when they might be facing unique challenges due to deployment. In addition to our school community, local residents (without a current connection to the school) will be invited to regular weekend events to help build, maintain and enjoy the garden.

Other schools in the area will be able to use the garden, as well as the church group and Brownies which use our setting. The initial creation of the garden is likely to take 6 months. It will then be improved, looked after and enjoyed for many, many years to come. We are already working with a local resident who is volunteering for us: she is chairperson of our local PACT group (Partners and Community Together) and will advertise events open to local residents. We will also use social media and posters as well as collaborating with staff in other schools through email and meetings.

We began our journey connecting our community to nature back in 2016 with generous Awards for All funding for our Forest School. The Biodiversity@Brompton project has built on this with vegetable growing and wildlife gardening. The sensory garden will be created with the wealth of knowledge and skills we now have in this area.