St Mary Magdalene Church of England Primary School in Sutton in Ashfield have created a Garden of Hope in their school grounds.
Head Teacher at the school is Sam Robinson who said, “This is a garden which represents hope and stemmed from our recovery curriculum at St Mary Magdalene’s. The idea originated from pupil’s work based on ‘The Red Tree’, a book by Shaun Tan. We also looked at the artist Andy Goldsworthy and tried to recreate some of his nature-based art as we believe that the natural world supports mental health and wellbeing.
“The garden not only provides a pleasant space for children but also a sensory experience with the herbs and flowers we will grow, complimented by the different textures including stone artworks and natural arches.”
Pupil Sophia Ellis age 9 said, “I think the garden is really good, and soon we will be getting a fountain which will come out of the rocks. We have also got an arch and plants in a big planter. I really like the plants because not only do they look nice, but they all have nice scents too.” Lily Whetton age 8 said, “I like the arch the best which was designed by year 5 and 6 and I think its amazing! It looks fabulous. I think this has made us all want to do more things like this!”
Sam Robinson said that children’s ideas only became reality thanks to the hard work of the school’s site manager, Steve Ward. “The garden looks fantastic” said Sam, “and will continue to grow and change through the seasons. The whole school wants to thank Steve for turning our designs and dreams into reality.”
Site Manager Steve Ward said “I really enjoyed interpreting the plans for the Garden of Hope and look forward to seeing it looking at its best as the plants grow during the summer months. I hope that the children attending St Mary Magdalene’s now, and into the future, enjoy using the space as much as I enjoyed building it.”