Youngsters enjoy sweet smell of success with their sensory garden


Green fingered youngsters were commended for their school garden at RHS Tatton Flower Show last week In their first year of entry.

The children of Wilmslow Grange Primary School took part in this year's Schools Front to Front Gardens competition with their creation of The Phantom Garden.

The sensory garden was designed and created by the school's gardening club, lead by Laura Cooper, Jade Taylor and Wendy Fogarty. Members of the gardening club include children from 5 to 11 years old.

Head teacher, Mark Unwin said "Producing a garden for the RHS Tatton Flower Show has been a truly amazing experience. It has been particularly rewarding seeing the children's original design 'coming to life' and seeing the wonderful garden they created, so closely resembling their original concept.

"The community spirit and the chance to work alongside the RHS has been invaluable and I commend the children, parents and staff for their hard work.

"To receive a "Commended" in our first year was more than we could have hoped for, and the culmination of a ground-breaking and rewarding year at Wilmslow Grange. We are already planning how to top it next year..."

The sensory aspect of the garden's design was inspired by the needs of the pupils with autism, who are part of the school's Resource Provision.

The Phantom Garden featured displays of various herbs and highly scented flowers, wind chimes, an array of plants and flowers with different textures, and a sensory bottle top path.

Mark Bradford, the school's caretaker, built wooden gondolas and a grand organ to complete the sensory scene.

RHS Tatton Flower Show, Wilmslow Grange