20 February 2015

Crownbridge School is in the process of fund raising for a sensory garden so that the pupils can enlighten and explore their senses in a unique space.

Crownbridge School is a Local Education Authority maintained, special day school which educates children and young people with severe learning difficulties, in the age range of 2-19 years. The school is situated in Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran.

The school benefits from a variety of health and medical services. Hydrotherapy is provided in the school’s purpose built hydrotherapy pool. There is dedicated space for physiotherapists, speech therapists and occupational therapists to work with pupils. The school also benefits from a non-class based space, incorporating soft fittings, lighting and sound equipment.

When visiting Crownbridge you soon become aware of the friendly and welcoming atmosphere. “This is important, because at Crownbridge School we believe that when young people feel at ease, they can give their best” explains Lesley Bush, Head Teacher. “This is one of the reasons we want to create a sensory garden, to offer another place for our pupils to feel at ease, whilst exploring their senses.” However, Crownbridge can only provide this unique space for their pupils once they have raised enough funds to afford it. The projected cost of the sensory garden is £20,000.

The proposed plan will consist of activity walls to teach the children how to tell the time and various activities like measuring the weather, noughts and crosses game, a sound area including drums, waving hands that move in the wind and raised planters with scented flowers.

Fullcircle Total Facilities Management is a local company that have put forward plans to complete the project and also aim to help with the funding. “Fullcircle have been with us every step of the way with this project” stated Sharon Duggan, Chair of the Parents and Friends Association “not only helping us with the plans, but offering to support us in any way or form towards reaching our fund raising target.”

Fullcircle’s landscaping department will design, create and maintain the garden, from planting specific shrubbery and flowers and sourcing the equipment to fencing and playground marking.

The project is scheduled to be completed by May this year, as long as fund raising initiatives go to plan. So far Parents & Friends of Crownbridge Association have raised £14,000 by holding events such as discos, BBQs and the support of generous local community fundraisers.

If you would like to donate to the project contact Sharon Duggan via the PFA Facebook page; Crownbridge Parents and Friends or the school on 01633 624201.

To find out more about Fullcircle Total Facilities Management take a look at their website www.fullcircle-tfm.co.uk or call 0845 177 0846.

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