Council team creates new sensory garden

7 March 2016

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s High Impact Team, part of the Grounds Maintenance Service, has created a new sensory garden at a community primary special school in Ellesmere Port, to enable pupils to learn about nature in a safe and controlled environment.

Parents of pupils at Hinderton School in Capenhurst Lane, who meet regularly as part of a carers' group, approached the team for their help.

The Team carried out initial ground works, which included using a mini digger for levelling and removing material including the removal of inappropriate shrubs; the laying of a new path; two raised beds ready for sensory plants; the laying of bark and the replacing of a wooden fence. They also created a turfed mound using several tons of clean soil.

Councillor Mark Henesy, 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.” The School Business Manager, Liz Clutton said: “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 some landscaping on the site.

Staff from the Council’s High Impact Team with School Business Manager, Liz Clutton, and pupils from Hinderton School.
Staff from the Council’s High Impact Team with School Business Manager, Liz Clutton, and pupils from Hinderton School.

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