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As the town gets ready for this year’s Sutton Coldfield in Bloom, those on the route are busy preparing to impress the judges. This includes Langley Primary School who are being visited on the 10th of July.
The Sutton in Bloom route kicks off with a visit to Hill Allotments where judges will view a plot that was voted ‘best allotment plot’ last year. Moving on to Ian Hazels to hear about the businesses progress over the last 12 months. Langley School are next. They were selected after winning the Mayor’s ECO Challenge in 2017/18, and have a fantastic outdoor garden that is used every day, rain or sunshine. Judges will also visit Sutton Park and New Hall Mill before moving on to view the residents garden that won last years competition.
Langley School has around 120 pupils with a range of needs, including autistic spectrum condition and learning difficulties. Their skilled staff work with the children and their individual needs to promote independence, communication and social skills. For those with disabilities, gardening can carry benefits.
When they moved into the building 10 years ago, with help from the Lottery fund, they were able to get a few planters, bird feeders and a small water feature installed. Then a few years later a small group of staff decided to re-vamp the roof terrace, taking responsibility for developing it into a meaningful environment for the pupils. With kind donations from families, staff and friends, they were able to add new planters and introduce an arch. They had to be vigilant in making sure there weren't any plants with thorns, spikes or that are poisonous. The roof terrace is now maintained by a joint gardening club that they run. This group tries to meet once a fortnight to plant, weed and complete garden based activities. Classes still use the terrace for lessons and free time.
On the 18th June, GardenSite was invited by Sam Cawthorn to have a look around the school grounds and were taken on ‘Langley’s judges' route.’ Located on the roof terrace and inside their onsite Forest Garden, the itinerary showcases just how amazing nature can be.
Along the route, we were shown a mud kitchen where the pupils can enjoy the outdoors whilst expressing themselves. Mud kitchens offer a learning experience as well as entertainment for the children. We were also shown the roof terrace where they have a calming sphere water feature and lots of different plants filling the air with scent for the children to explore. Sensory gardens and activities like these give special needs children a chance to engage all the senses and provide them with a hands-on learning experience which can enhance their self-esteem and help them feel independent.
After looking around the outdoor area, we felt a donation of two Kids VegTrugs and a Bug Hotel would be very beneficial for the pupils.
Sam Cawthorn says, "Gardening has always been regarded as a therapeutic activity and research has shown that handling different plants and flowers can have beneficial effects on both physical and mental health. It is widely recognised as a tool to help people with disabilities and special needs."
On the 9th July, David and his partner Andy stopped by Langley School to hand over our special donations ready for the Sutton in Bloom judging on the 10th July.
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