Blenheim Palace helps to create sensory garden at special needs school

Blenheim Palace gardeners are designing and building a sensory garden at a special needs school, after palace staff fundraised £1,000.

Sarah Morris hands over £1,000 to a Springfield School pupil. Image: Blenheim Palace
Sarah Morris hands over £1,000 to a Springfield School pupil. Image: Blenheim Palace

Head gardener Hilary Wood is helping design the garden for Springfield Special Needs School in Witney and a team of palace gardeners have volunteered to help build it.

Blenheim Palace’s head of human resources, Sarah Morris said: "The school make several visits here each year and are always looking at innovative ways to provide amazing new learning opportunities for their pupils. The entire team here is delighted to be able to support their endeavours.

"We are particularly excited to be involved with the garden project and Hilary and her team of volunteers are looking forward to getting on site to help out with the design and planting."

The school educates children aged two to 16. All of the pupils have severe learning difficulties and communication problems.

Fundraising and communications manager Lisa Benson said: "Pupils and staff love coming to Blenheim and we feel very privileged to have this amazing space on our doorstep. To be able to access their amazing gardening skills and experience is an even bigger bonus.

"Our secondary age pupils spend a lot of time in our school garden. It’s a key part of teaching essential life skills to ensure that our pupils can live as independent and fulfilling adult lives as possible.’

The fundraising is part of a series of events and activities to support local groups and charities currently being undertaken by Blenheim Palace.

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Kit for pitches

Kit for pitches

What is available to help groundsmen keep playing surfaces in the best possible condition? Sally Drury asks the experts.

VIDEO: Etesia Duocut 41 N-ERGY NACTS and 46 N-ERGY PACS

VIDEO: Etesia Duocut 41 N-ERGY NACTS and 46 N-ERGY PACS

Careers profile - Parks manager

Careers profile - Parks manager

Parks have become more of a focal point for local communities than ever before. For this reason, a parks manager is like the park's guardian.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Contracts & Tenders

Products & Kit Resources

Sally Drury on professional gardening

Sally Drury

A monthly checklist of things to do and watch out for to keep your garden looking its best.