Welcome to our Sensory Garden page!
In the summer term of 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic, Chetwynd began to plan for a new Sensory Garden! We asked children to send us their creative ideas, designs and what they felt was important to include in a sensory garden.
Once we had these fantastic ideas, we were able to find a brilliant landscaper, Wilson Landscapes who came up with a brilliant final design including all of the aspects children wanted. It included a herb garden, a bug hotel, memory garden, decking, different materials and plants.
Work transforming the top courtyard began in the Easter holidays 2021. Whilst everyone was at home enjoying a well earned break, Wilson Landscapes were hard at work, turning our courtyard into a beautiful outdoor sanctuary!
As you can see from these pictures of our old courtyard, it was in need of brightening up!
With thanks to Wilson Landscapes, we now have an amazing sensory garden for Chetwynd children to enjoy. Tippers Builders Merchants, Nuneaton, were also able to donate some of the materials used, which we are very grateful for.
Sensory gardens improve physical fitness, health, mood and cognition. Gardening and plant care help children develop gross and fine motor skills. Time outdoors, breathing fresh air, and being exposed to sunlight are extremely beneficial to the children’s overall physical health.
Sensory gardens have many therapeutic benefits. They help children develop important life skills including emotional regulation and self-reliance. As children spend time in the garden, waiting patiently for a seed to sprout and a flower to bloom, they gain an understanding of time and develop the attributes of patience and persistence.
A sensory garden creates an opportunity for children to experience textures, tastes and sounds they may otherwise not be exposed to, such as a beautiful birdsong, a velvety rose petal, a jagged rock, moist dirt, tiny seeds and large shading trees.
We are thrilled to have had the resources to transform one of our outdoor spaces and know the children will enjoy spending time there for years to come!