Sensory garden project receives fundraising boost

Date: Friday 13 January 2017

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Pupils at St Mary’s C of E Junior Academy in Long Stratton, Norfolk, have received a boost to their exciting fundraising efforts thanks to us.

Our East Anglia team – which is currently building high-quality new homes at our nearby Tharston Meadow development in Tharston – have donated £150 to the school’s sensory garden project.

“We have been raising funds for a number of years with the hope of creating a sensory garden within the school grounds,” says Alison Cullum, Principal at St Mary’s Junior Academy. “The garden will consist of a wide variety of plants and flowers offering an array of colours, smells, and textures which will hopefully create a beautiful and relaxing environment.”

Once finished, Alison hopes the area will feature a summer house that will be used as a reading room, as well as a pond to help encourage wildlife into the garden.

Alison continues: “We are really trying to create somewhere that can bring the community together. Somewhere that’s a bit of a nicer environment than a cold village hall.

“It’s not just the children at the school who will benefit from the project. Mayfields Dementia Care Unit is based next to us. We would like the residents to enjoy the garden – whether that is by planting or just enjoying being surrounded by familiar sights and smells. Hopefully by engaging the senses we can help jog some old memories for them.

“We also have a Break Respite Care unit over the road, for people with disabilities, who will enjoy visiting. The most important thing and possibly the biggest challenge for us is making sure that the garden is fully accessible to all.”

Alison is hoping that the pupils can get started on the first stages of planting the garden in spring 2017.

“We have reached about a quarter of our overall target, which means that we can now look into what we are able to start while still fundraising for the rest. We will do the clearance work and some planting so that hopefully the first flower beds start to bloom in the summer,” Alison adds.

“We’ve been working with Taylor Wimpey since they started building at Tharston Meadow. The children were very interested and excited about the site – we have taken part in Walk to School Month and the children made some ‘Welcome to your new home’ cards for the first residents moving into the development.

“We’d just like to say a big thank you to Taylor Wimpey for their support, we really appreciate it – and we look forward to growing with them as their development progresses.”

There’s a superb range of two, three, four and five‑bedroom properties currently available at Tharston Meadow.