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Ashley Junior School - Creation of a Sensory Garden Trail

During the spring and summer of 2021, Becton Rotary Club members led by Rotarian Terry Conner, worked closely with Head Teacher Ian Rix and his team of staff and parents at Ashley Junior School to create a Sensory Garden Trail which is intended to bring various benefits to both the pupils and wider community. Learning outdoors has a number of physiological, social and academic advantages and the trail includes a water garden, wildlife refuges, wild flower plantings, butterfly and bee plants, outdoor musical instruments, talk tubes and examples of handicraft by pupils of the school. Together, these serve to provide a range of sights, sounds and aromas which combine to create an interesting atmosphere of calm and well-being.

The photo gallery below shows various views of the Sensory Garden Trail during its construction by Becton Rotary Club.

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With a little help from my friends...

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With a little (more) help from my friends...

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Mr Rotavator...

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Getting ready for the fence posts

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Screen made from up-cycled plastic bottles

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Then we added a bird box

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...and some shrubs

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...and then some grasses

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Site discussion...

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The start of the desert area

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The shrubs obviously like it here...

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It's a gated development!

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The herb garden has arrived

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More stone work...

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Different habitats

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A view of the pond...

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...another view

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Another view showing the up-cycled plastic bottle fence

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Summer glory!

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OK - we won't drone on about it...