Back in 2018, we decided to undertake a project to develop and create a Sensory & Biodiversity Garden for our school.
A sensory garden is an interactive space that is accessed by all children in the school and wider school community. It is a garden environment that it designed with the purpose of stimulating the senses – sight, hearing, taste, smell & touch. This stimulation occurs courtesy of plants, herbs and the use of other materials such as wind chimes, tactile panels and different textured surfaces.
Our vision was to create a space that was colourful, interactive and engaging for all our pupils at Gortskehy.
We would like to thank a number of people who helped us achieve this vision –
Thank you to our parents – PJ Commins, Pat Hession, Fintan Forde and Andrew Heaney along with Justin Commins and Kieran Varley for the removal of the hedging and installation of the fencing posts back in September.
Thanks to Christine Mannion and members of the Rural Social Scheme for their assistance with the installation and painting of our fence railing & gate. To Martin McHale for rotavating the soil in preparation for the raised beds and walkways. To Brian Naughton for his help with building the raised beds, tactile board and painting. Thank you to Jamie Hession for his assistance with garden painting and freshening up our Buddy Bench. Thank you also to Melissa Walsh of MW Design, Print & Signs for her enthusiasm and creativity in designing and supplying our vibrant garden signage.
It is wonderful to have the support of our pupils, past pupils, parents and the wider community in developing this worthwhile project.
The next stage of the project is for our pupils to plant our garden with a variety of plants to appeal to our senses and to enjoy this wonderful space for many years to come.
We have created a short video which gives a snapshot of the transformation of this space – we hope you enjoy!