Sensory and wellness garden opened at Welwyn primary school

St John's School Digswell pupils Caitlyn Monk, eight and Alex Sewell, 10 dig up potatoes in the new

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 - Credit: Picture: DANNY LOO

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

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

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

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


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Head teacher Mr Horleston (left) and special guest Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council councill

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 LOO - Credit: Picture: DANNY LOO

Pupils pick some vegetables at the opening of St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden.

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

Head teacher Mr Horleston (second from left) and special guest Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Coun

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 LOO - Credit: Picture: DANNY LOO

Head teacher Mr Horleston (second from left) and special guest Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Coun

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 LOO - Credit: Picture: DANNY LOO

Special guest Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council councillor Roger Trigg officially open the St

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 LOO - Credit: Picture: DANNY LOO

Year six pupils recite a prayer at the opening of St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness gar

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

Year six pupils recite a prayer at the opening of St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness gar

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

Head teacher Mr Horleston (second from right) shows around special guest Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Bo

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 LOO - Credit: Picture: DANNY LOO

Pupils look around during the opening of St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden. Pict

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

Head teacher Mr Horleston (right) shows around special guest Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Counci

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 LOO - Credit: Picture: DANNY LOO

Pupils look around during the opening of St John's School Digswell Sensory and Wellness garden. Pict

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

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 LOO - Credit: Picture: DANNY LOO

St John's School Digswell pupil Caitlyn Monk, eight with a carrot in the new Sensory and Wellness ga

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

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 LOO - Credit: Picture: DANNY LOO

St John's School Digswell pupils Caitlyn Monk, eight and Alex Sewell, 10 dig up potatoes in the new

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 - Credit: Picture: DANNY LOO

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