STAFF and children from a Chester special needs school have created an eco-friendly outdoor learning space.
Dorin Park School in Upton teamed up with Npower and Groundwork to transform the school grounds into a sensory outdoor space that can potentially provide eco-therapy, essential for pupils who suffer from stress and anxiety.
It comes after the school was selected as one of 10 winners of Npower’s Climate Cops Green Fingers competition, an initiative designed to give children aged four-seven access to a growing space in their school’s grounds.
The new garden has been designed to be wildlife friendly, so the sounds and sight of bees, butterflies and birds can add to the sensory and calming nature of the environment.
Dorin Park School teacher Maxine Nevitt said: “It’s great to see the kids so excited about spending time outdoors in this calming environment.
“The garden will contain both a variety of plants, including native plants and animal habitats.
“They will learn through being involved in the maintenance of the garden, as well as through specific curriculum lessons.
She added: “The main learning for the pupils will be the enjoyment of the outdoor world through their senses, which is something that our pupils at Dorin Park, with their special educational needs, will particularly benefit from.”