In June, Online garden retailer GardenSite.co.uk was invited by Sam Cawthorn, a Higher Level Teaching Assistant, to have a look around Langley’s school grounds and were taken on the ‘judges’ route.’ Located on the roof terrace and inside their on-site Forest Garden, the itinerary showcases just how amazing nature can be.
Along the route, they were shown a mud kitchen where the pupils can enjoy the outdoors whilst expressing themselves. Mud kitchens offer a learning experience as well as entertainment for the children. Also being shown the roof terrace where pupils can enjoy a calming sphere water feature and lots of different plants filling the air with scents. Sensory gardens and activities like these give special needs children a chance to engage all the senses and provide them with a hands-on learning experience which can enhance their self-esteem and help them feel independent.
After looking around the outdoor area, GardenSite felt a donation of two Kids VegTrugs and a Bug Hotel would be very beneficial for the pupils. A Bug Hotel will be a stunning addition to Langley’s wildlife garden and can eventually be very educational for the children because they will, hopefully, be able to observe some mini mammals and insects, such as hedgehogs, ladybirds and bees, up close.
Sam Cawthorn said, “Gardening has always been regarded as a therapeutic activity and research has shown that handling different plants and flowers can have beneficial effects on both physical and mental health. It is widely recognised as a tool to help people with disabilities and special needs.”
On the 9th July, David Coton, Partner of GardenSite, stopped by Langley School with donations ready for the Sutton in Bloom judging on 10th July. This included; Two VegTrug Planters, a Bug Hotel, 4 bags of compost and some mixed seeds.
Cllr Terry Wood, Chairman of the Sutton Coldfield in Bloom working group, also present to show his support before judging day.
Terry Wood said, “We are thrilled that Gardensite are working alongside Langley School ahead of Bloom judging day. I would like to thank you for helping support Sutton Coldfield In Bloom 2019”