7 July 2016

A group of green-fingered pupils from our school have given up their own to time to create a beautiful sensory garden for children with additional needs.

They’ve been working with the Foundation Futures a specialist teaching service and Community Interest Company to develop the garden at the Tim Lamb Centre, based in the Rising Sun Country Park, Benton.

The Year 9 pupils have transformed a formerly unused plot of land with recycled materials to create an area that is vibrant, visual and colourful. They have also carefully planned the garden’s layout to make it accessible for wheelchair users.

The project, which has been funded by the Community Foundation, has taken seven weeks to complete and involved working during school time and at weekends.

The area will be a great new place to play for children with disabilities and additional needs and their siblings, who use the Tim Lamb Centre on a regular basis.

David Baldwin, our Executive Headteacher said: “Our pupils have worked exceptionally hard on this project and it really shows, because the end result is fantastic. They have given up their own free time to contribute to something that will be of great benefit to other children, and we are all extremely proud of what they’ve achieved.”
Kev Black from Foundation Futures said: “This garden is a fantastic place that can only be appreciated in person and the pupils of Norham High School must take all the credit for that. They have produced something outstanding and selflessly for the benefit of others.”

Lynn McManus from the Tim Lamb Centre said: “We were delighted that the pupils chose our facilities to make the sensory garden and our children will spend many hours enjoying the area. The pupils involved have considered the needs of our children at the centre and ensured that it was made wheelchair accessible too. A huge thankyou to all of those involved."