Sensory Garden makeover at John Scurr Primary School

 In Community, News

John Scurr Primary School is a vibrant 2-form-entry nursery and primary school in Tower Hamlets, situated within the communities of Stepney Green, Bethnal Green and Whitechapel – a real Jewel of the East End! The school is very welcoming, caring and supportive and this has helped to create a cohesive school community. The pupils are keen to learn, laugh and love life!

This Spring on April 19th ELBA enlisted the help of 13 volunteers from Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. as part of the Lloyd’s Community Programme to create a sensory garden. The school needed help clearing and putting in new compost, also to plant new herbs, grass and other tactile sensory plants. There was also lots of bark moving and raking to do, to transform the school forest area. This was all in aid of improved learning using plants and green space for children with varying learning difficulties.

Team Leader Mark Coultrip has had previous experience of volunteering via ELBA, he said:

“It’s great to be getting involved in another project with ELBA and doing something that will directly benefit school children with special educational needs”

Cassie Liversidge, who leads on outdoor learning at the school and helped organise the day, emphasised that this would ‘go a long way for the school and is invaluable in enhancing environmental learning for the children’. She also thanked the team for their incredible efforts:

“They were brilliant – they got stuck in and worked so hard, all day. It has already made a huge difference to the school so thank you all! The pictures speak for themselves, after wrapping up the day the transformation was very visible!”

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