CED’s paddlestones will be a feature in the memorial garden for pupil Rosie Perry Jones, which is being opened with a ceremony on December 9.
Rosie died last year, aged 11, from an aggressive form of ovarian cancer, just five months after diagnosis, leaving teachers and classmates heartbroken. Struggling to come to terms with the loss of their much-loved pupil and friend, it was the school’s collective wish to create a lasting memorial.
"The idea to create a garden in the front of the school is a fitting tribute," says headmaster Steven Arnold, "We thought long and hard about what we could do, involving Rosie’s family in the decision. We were thrilled when Jackie from Olive Tree Garden Design, whose children attended our school, presented her idea for the garden.
"Her design brought tears to the eyes of Rosie’s mum. Jackie is a Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner, so we’ve been very fortunate to have her bringing her expertise and creative flair to the project. CED Stone has also brought a lot to this amazing garden, we are humbled by the generosity of all involved."
Setchfield said: "I remember her dancing in the aisles during her sisters’ school concerts. She was so joyful, I jumped at the chance to give something back and create somewhere special in Rosie’s memory."
The garden also benefits from kind donations from Natural Paving, Old Hall Plant Nurseries, Miles Nurseries, JA Stephens Builders Merchants and David Greaves Landscape and Construction.