Emma Draper, (parent), in conjunction with Simone Cater, (teaching assistant), organised a Community Project, to build a sensory garden, in an unused area of the school grounds. Emma did much advertising and organising of the Big Build week, during half term and supervised planting and people.
During the Big Build week they had 51 volunteers from all areas of the community.
Fortunately many lovely volunteers kindly donated home baked cakes , sandwiches, pasties, ice creams, beer, cider and soft drinks to keep the workers going!
People who were not able to help physically came along to support and make teas and coffes for the workers and people also dropped off tools and wheel barrows, if they were not able to be there.
Teaching assistant Simone Cater raised an amazing £650 to build the garden and
John Bailey presented a huge donation, that enabled the garden project to go ahead.
Local landscaper Dan Gibbons gave a whole week of his time to build the wonderful wood struture of the garden.
Otter nurseries donated over £100 of plants as did Churchwood Valley Holiday Park.
Sue and Andrew Farrington went to Otters and bought a car full of plants for the garden.
Tesco donated a trolly full of plants.
Local Tree surgeon Karl Gibson delivered a dumper truck full of wood chip.
Local man Wayne Rogers delivered and built the beautiful willow igloo and fence, along with his daughter and nephew.
The Village Hall allowed use of the hall toilets as well as the car park to dump the top soil and wood chip.
Taylor Wimpey gave 13 tonnes of top soil.
Local man Ali Staddon delivered the top soil using his tipper truck.
Throughout the whole week there was a wonderful buzz in the air. Emma and the school are so very thankful to every one who gave their time or donations for this super project. We were also delighted to be able to find a permanent setting for the beautiful heron, that David & Cath Fieldsend presented on their retirement, from Wembury Primary. Over the past few years the heron has had a number of perches but now it can rest and look over the sensory garden.
Teachers and pupils have already visited the site and are keen to start enjoying it; to watch the plants grow and develop and sit in peace and thoughtfulness.
A Massive THANK YOU to the COMMUNITY and especially to Emma.