Children at a special school can now get hands on in the great outdoors.
The sensory garden has been created by the borough council’s grounds maintenance service at Hinderton School on Capenhurst Lane, Whitby to enable pupils at the community primary special school to learn about nature in safe and controlled surroundings.
Parents of children who meet regularly as part of a carers’ group approached the service’s high impact team for their help.
The team carried out initial groundworks which included using a mini digger for levelling and taking away material including the removal of inappropriate shrubs, laying a new path, building two raised beds ready for sensory plants, laying bark and replacing a wooden fence. They also created a turfed mound using several tons of clean soil.
'Fantastic opportunity for children'
Ellesmere Port Strawberry ward borough councillor Mark Henesy (Lab), cabinet member for community and environment, said: “I’m delighted that our new high impact team has been able to help with such a worthwhile community project. The team has transformed the area for the children and teachers to enjoy for many years to come.”
Hinderton’s business manager, Liz Clutton added: “The new sensory garden has created a fantastic opportunity for the children to get hands on in the great outdoors. The children and teachers can’t wait to get started adding plants to the raised beds.
“We’re going to include plants that the children can touch, smell and explore to learn more about nature. We’re extremely grateful for all the work the council’s high impact team has done for us and have really enjoyed seeing the garden come to life.”
The team plans to return to the school in April once the turf has taken hold to finish landscaping on the site.