June 2019 and our beautiful Peaceful Garden is flourishing. It really is a haven of quietness and tranquillity. Slowly staff and children are making use of the Space, but even just walking through the gates or looking through our windows gives an instant sense of calm.
We are now near the end of March and our garden is nearly there. It really is the elegant, simple and calm place that I hoped it would be. Things to now look out for, are our beautiful wind spinners, wind chimes and toadstools. Next week planting starts, the fish pond will be filled and our beautiful water fountain will be set in place. Once this is done, we look forward to welcoming parents and carers to an ‘Open Garden’ launch event. Details to follow!
Friday 22nd March, and so many fabulous things are happening in our newly emerging garden. You may have spotted our new grass, a new fence to keep us safe and shingle ready for our Mediterranean garden plants! What you may not have seen is our amazing new story telling chair ready to go into our pergola and 6 little toadstools. You won’t have seen (all being delivered on Monday) our new water feature with lights and water, wind spinners, an enormous and beautiful red Camelia, topiary hedges and some lime green, feathery ferns. Look out for new hanging pots too!
Our project is really starting to take shape now. Our flower beds are built, our pergola has been laid with a stone floor and a new paved space has been made ready for our a fish pond. We have also had two trees removed to open up the space and allow more light into the garden. Over the next week or so, you will see grass being laid, a pathway built, the fish pond filled, bamboo fencing being re-hung to add privacy and a wonderful storyteller’s chair placed in the pergola.
The trees are gone, allowing more light to ‘feed’ our plants. Our new fish pond is being built! Once the main sensory garden elements are completed, it will be over to the children to add colour and to make the space their own. Very exciting!
Our Sensory Garden is slowly being built in spite of the harsh weather. We now have a wonderful ‘pergola’ and our bedding plots are now taking shape. Now we need to start thinking about the plants we would like to have. Our gardener, Felicity, has suggested a few. Do you recognise any? Do you have any in your garden or on your balcony? Could you donate a ‘cutting’? See Mrs Maltese if you can!
You may have noticed some activity near the entrance to school this week. A very exciting project is underway! After a successful bid for Capital funding from Barnet for a ‘Sensory Garden’, we are now moving ahead with the development. Our gardening team, led by Greg, have cleared the ground and over the coming weeks you will see the construction of planting areas, a pergola and seating spaces. Once this is completed, we will be adding a beautiful fish pond, water feature and lots of musical chimes. We will then work with the children to plant the beds with insect attracting flowers. We hope that this will be a lovely calm space for everyone to enjoy.