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REEP Award 2005 - Burley Woodhead School Garden

Burley Woodhead School wanted to provide an environment to allow the children space to explore nature; spaces for carrying out their own planting and provision of a range of sensory experiences. Through liaison with the school committee, Helen provided design proposals that consisted of an entrance arch (artist designed); a growing area; sensory garden; gathering space and perimeter shelter planting.

Burley Woodhead Primary School’s design for their proposed sensory garden won one of the REEP Awards 2005 (The Religious Educational and Environmental Programme – in association with the Royal Horticultural Society and The National Trust). The school received a grant of £500 at the Awards Ceremony which will took place at Highgrove, Gloucestershire on 6th October 2005, presented by TV presenter Chris Beardshaw.

The school were very motivated to improve their grounds and had researched into many ideas on the type and character of spaces and features they might like to include in the design. Helen was able to rationalise these ideas to create a sensible and workable layout which related to the site. The committee found it very useful to have their ideas summarised in plan form as this enabled them to apply for funding and sponsorship. Work started on the garden on 19 July 2005.

The design proposals consisted of:

  • Garden Entrance: an artist-designed arch over a gate, providing the opportunity for the pupils to be involved in its design and implementation. www.davidgross.info/
  • Growing Area: A space enabling the children to learn about and enjoy growing a range of plants.
  • Sensory Garden: An area to experience stimulation to the 5 senses of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch.
  • Gathering Space: An area of covered seating allowing staff and pupils the opportunity to enjoy story-telling, reading, talking as well as engaging in quiet activities.
  • Woodland Shelter Belt: An area where the children can learn about the natural environment through planting trees and shrubs and watching them grow.
REEP Award 2005