Youngsters at Lionwood Infant and Nursery School in Norwich create new sensory garden

The All Seasons Gardening Club of Lionwood Infant and Nursery School is enjoying the fruits of its labour now that spring has sprung.

The after-school club meets for an hour each week after being established in September last year.

The Thorpe Hamlet school had a large area of garden that had become overgrown, so it was decided to create a new sensory garden area.

The gardening club contacted their local Sainsbury's supermarket, on Pound Lane, Thorpe St Andrew, and the store responded by providing vegetable seeds, plants and compost.

The year one and two pupils planted flowers, beans, peas and onions and the 'sensory' theme means they hope to create an area which has interesting noises of birds, insects and wind chimes, by installing bird boxes, bird feeders and mini beast homes for insects.


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The children will also be planting pleasant smelling herbs, lavender, honeysuckles and flowers to increase their senses of smell, as well as planting spring bulbs incorporating bright colours.

For some children it is the first opportunity they have had to grow produce and it is the school's intention that when the vegetables are grown they will sell them to parents to raise funds to plant more produce in their garden next year.

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Year one teacher, Sam Aldis, said: 'Our aim is to inspire our children to appreciate and develop a love of gardening and respect creatures that visit there.'

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