Pupils can now enjoy fantastic sensory garden

Date: Monday 23 June 2014

Bennerley Fields web

Children at Bennerley Fields Specialist Speech and Language College are celebrating after the official opening of their new sensory garden, thanks to help from us.

The school in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, enlisted our help to clear a site within its grounds ready for the sensory garden to be installed.

The garden is now open and Dave Holland, Senior Site Manager at our nearby Briars Chase development, who led the project, was invited to join staff and pupils at a special tea party to celebrate its opening.

He said: “We were delighted to offer our support to the school in creating this fantastic facility. We had been looking for a local community project to get involved with, and one of the joiners who works at Briars Chase has an autistic son who goes to Bennerley Fields College, so this was a perfect project for us.

“It’s great to see the end result of everybody’s hard work and wonderful to watch the children enjoying their new sensory garden.”

The garden features a water globe and cascade, metal wind chimes and bars, and carved oak panels.

We offered some free manpower, with a team of sales maintenance workers spending three days at the school last summer to clear an enclosed courtyard area in preparation for the installation of the garden – work which would have cost the school around £14,000.

Debbie Gerring, Headteacher at Bennerley Fields College, says: “We are incredibly grateful to Taylor Wimpey for helping to make our dream of having a sensory garden for the pupils a reality.

“This resource will be used and enjoyed by our current and future pupils for many years to come.”