Specialist school sensory mud garden receives equipment donation

The sensory mud garden at Lakeside School in Welwyn Garden City.

The sensory mud garden at Lakeside School in Welwyn Garden City. - Credit: AGMS Foundation

A local charity has donated special learning equipment for a sensory mud garden at a specialist school in Welwyn Garden City.

Lakeside School is for children aged two to 19 with severe learning difficulties and often a complexity of needs. The school, in Lemsford Lane, has a particular expertise in teaching pupils with hearing and visual impairments and physical disabilities.

The sensory mud garden at Lakeside School in Welwyn Garden City.

The sensory mud garden at Lakeside School in Welwyn Garden City. - Credit: AGMS Foundation

Members of the AGMS Foundation recently met with headteacher Lynnette Johnson and her staff to donate a variety of gardening equipment to benefit the pupils in their sensory development.

Headteacher Lynnette Johnson said: “We are so grateful to AGMS for supplying all the equipment for our new digging area.

"Our pupils love being outside enjoying working and playing with the soil. We will be able to develop this area and they have supplied us with overalls to keep them dry and clean!

The sensory mud garden at Lakeside School in Welwyn Garden City.

The sensory mud garden at Lakeside School in Welwyn Garden City. - Credit: AGMS Foundation

"We rely on charitable giving to provide extra activities and equipment for our pupils and I can honestly say AGMS Foundation are one of the best charities we have worked with. They are so caring and friendly, willing to undertake a project and see it through to the end. Thank you from all our children and staff.”

AGMS volunteer Linda Moss, who attended the event, added: "We are very pleased to help the local school and this donation will bring children together."

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The project was conducted in remembrance of AGMS Foundation’s patron, Niranjan Singh Bharij and volunteers said they were inspired by his principle of selfless service to humanity to do as many annual charitable projects as possible.

The foundation is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation that hopes to help people reach their full potential, be responsible and have ownership for the well-being of their own communities and society. 

Their ethos is "Actively Serving Humanity" at a local, national and international level.

AGMS Foundation are also distributors for the foodbank in Hatfield town centre every last Friday of the month from 10am to 12pm.