Unemployed team create sensory garden in Shoreham

The Prince's Trust team at Herons Dale Primary School
The Prince's Trust team at Herons Dale Primary School

A SENSORY garden has been created at a Shoreham school to help children with learning difficulties.

A group of unemployed young people raised the money for the project then set to work themselves to develop the garden at Herons Dale Primary School, in Hawkins Crescent.

The Prince’s Trust team from City College Brighton and Hove has rejuvenated the memorial garden, creating a sensory garden effect by incorporating bright flowers, herbs and wind chimes.

There is also new area in which the children, who have a wide range of learning difficulties, can plant their own flowers.

Team Leader Vicki Lee-Gleadall said: “The team really gave this project their all. Before the planting could start, they had to put a lot of hard graft into all the prep work so they got a huge amount of satisfaction in seeing the finished results.”

To fund the project, the Prince’s Trust team packed bags at Asda in Lancing and organised a sponsored walk from Shoreham High Street to Brighton Pier, raising £500 to buy materials, tools and plants.

Sue Richardson, business manager at the school, said: “The Prince’s Trust team have made some wonderful improvements and the children really enjoy going out and experiencing everything the new-look garden has to offer.”

The Prince’s Trust team programme is a 12-week personal development course for 16 to 25-year-olds, which helps unemployed young people gain skills and confidence to find a job.

The next Shoreham programme starts in October. Contact Vicki on 07788 340508 for further details.