The learning support sensory garden at WHS had recently become overgrown, unloved and unused by the students. Fortunately, the defence contractors ‘Landmarc’ based at RAF Spadeadam were looking to complete a community project and chose to create a new garden for our students. The project was organised by Mr Jeremey Lawton who is the Officer Commanding, base support squadron at RAF Spadeadam.
The STEM Club (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at William Howard School, which is ran by Learning Support Assistant Mr John Gibson, began to collate ideas and designs for the new garden area, which were shared and discussed with Mr Jeffrey Hudson from Landmarc, who then led the project.
Mr Geoff Armstrong of Landmarc kindly used his amazing carpentry skills to build a grand garden table, which was specially constructed to be accessible for wheelchair users. He also built several large raised planters which were designed to promote the inclusion of all students that use the area.
There are several multi-sensory aspects to the garden, which is something that the STEM Club specified in their designs. Windchimes were kindly donated by Toys n Tech in Carlisle; herbs, flowers and garden ornaments from White Syke Garden Centre; and a local farmer (Matt) kindly donated several large bags of compost.
On Wednesday 19th June, Wing Commander Tim MCauley from RAF Spadeadam and Jeffrey Hudson from Landmarc officially opened the garden and announced its new name to the students who had gathered for the occasion. The sun shone down on the new ‘Reflection and Flowers (RAF) Garden’ and everyone agreed it was truly lovely space to relax and learn in.