Sensory and wellness garden opened at Welwyn primary school

PUBLISHED: 12:53 02 October 2019 | UPDATED: 12:53 02 October 2019

St John's School Digswell pupils Caitlyn Monk, eight and Alex Sewell, 10 dig up potatoes in the new Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOO

St John's School Digswell pupils Caitlyn Monk, eight and Alex Sewell, 10 dig up potatoes in the new Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOO

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A new sensory and wellness garden at a Welwyn primary school has been officially opened by Welwyn Hatfield's mayor Roger Trigg.

St John's School Digswell pupil Alex Sewell, 10 with potatoes in the new Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOOSt John's School Digswell pupil Alex Sewell, 10 with potatoes in the new Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOO

The garden was built at St John's C of E Primary School in Digswell, and includes a stage, musical instruments, chalkboards, bird feeders, bug hotels and planters, as well as places for chit-chat and reflection.

To fund the project, which involved transforming an overgrown wasteland area over eight months, the school applied for grants from Aviva, Greggs and Waitrose, and received donations from other local businesses.

St John's School Digswell pupil Caitlyn Monk, eight picks runner beans in the new Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOOSt John's School Digswell pupil Caitlyn Monk, eight picks runner beans in the new Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOO

Headteacher Simon Horleston said: "Being outdoors is hugely important for our mental and physical health.

"Therefore we make sure our children spend time outside every day to support their learning and to learn about the world around them.

St John's School Digswell pupil Caitlyn Monk, eight picks runner beans in the new Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOOSt John's School Digswell pupil Caitlyn Monk, eight picks runner beans in the new Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOO

"Our generous sponsors have enabled us to turn a little scrap of land into a calm but engaging space."

Head teacher Mr Horleston (left) and special guest Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council councillor Roger Trigg (right) officially open the St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden with pupils. Picture: DANNY LOOHead teacher Mr Horleston (left) and special guest Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council councillor Roger Trigg (right) officially open the St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden with pupils. Picture: DANNY LOO

Pupils pick some vegetables at the opening of St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOOPupils pick some vegetables at the opening of St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOO

Head teacher Mr Horleston (second from left) and special guest Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council councillor Roger Trigg (right) officially open the St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden with pupils. Picture: DANNY LOOHead teacher Mr Horleston (second from left) and special guest Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council councillor Roger Trigg (right) officially open the St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden with pupils. Picture: DANNY LOO

Head teacher Mr Horleston (second from left) and special guest Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council councillor Roger Trigg (right) officially open the St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden with pupils. Picture: DANNY LOOHead teacher Mr Horleston (second from left) and special guest Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council councillor Roger Trigg (right) officially open the St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden with pupils. Picture: DANNY LOO

Special guest Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council councillor Roger Trigg officially open the St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden with pupils. Picture: DANNY LOOSpecial guest Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council councillor Roger Trigg officially open the St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden with pupils. Picture: DANNY LOO

Year six pupils recite a prayer at the opening of St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOOYear six pupils recite a prayer at the opening of St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOO

Year six pupils recite a prayer at the opening of St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOOYear six pupils recite a prayer at the opening of St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Head teacher Mr Horleston (second from right) shows around special guest Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council councillor Roger Trigg (second from left) at the opening of St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOOHead teacher Mr Horleston (second from right) shows around special guest Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council councillor Roger Trigg (second from left) at the opening of St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOO

Pupils look around during the opening of St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOOPupils look around during the opening of St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOO

Head teacher Mr Horleston (right) shows around special guest Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council councillor Roger Trigg (centre) at the opening of St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOOHead teacher Mr Horleston (right) shows around special guest Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council councillor Roger Trigg (centre) at the opening of St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOO

Pupils look around during the opening of St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOOPupils look around during the opening of St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOO

The opening of St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOOThe opening of St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOO

St John's School Digswell pupil Caitlyn Monk, eight with a carrot in the new Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOOSt John's School Digswell pupil Caitlyn Monk, eight with a carrot in the new Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOO

The opening of St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOOThe opening of St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOO

St John's School Digswell pupils Caitlyn Monk, eight and Alex Sewell, 10 dig up potatoes in the new Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOOSt John's School Digswell pupils Caitlyn Monk, eight and Alex Sewell, 10 dig up potatoes in the new Sensory and Wellness garden. Picture: DANNY LOO

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