19th Mar, 2019

New play-garden opens for pre-school children to explore nature

Sarah Mason 6th Nov, 2018

A NEW play garden has officially been opened at Our Lady of the Wayside pre-school by Solihull Mayor, Coun Flo Nash.

The children at the Shirley pre-school can now play in a wooden tepee, a music area, explore a sensory wall made from recycled materials and look out for wildlife in a hide out decorated by parents.

The garden was built on previously unused land by Gro-Organic landscaping, it is designed give the children an organic outdoor space to explore alongside the existing play facilities.

It was paid for through a combination of a national lottery grant, Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme and the school’s own fundraising.

The Mayor said: “I am very pleased to open this new garden for the children to play in.

“It is so important that children learn about their natural environment at a young age, this new space gives them a wonderful opportunity to do that”

Ann-Marie Brady, the pre-school manager, said: “This open air environment allows children to connect with nature in a secure space.

“It inspires them to be creative, use their imagination, and has a positive impact on each child’s wellbeing.

“We’re really grateful for all the time, money and effort people have donated to this project, we would not have been able to build this garden without them.”

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