Wildlife gar­den of­fers per­fect spot for a story

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

Kingsnorth Pri­mary School’s cel­e­bra­tions to mark its 150th an­niver­sary con­tin­ued on Sun­day with the open­ing of its new wildlife gar­den and a Vic­to­rian themed fair.

The event or­gan­is­ers had the weather gods smil­ing on them as a sunny af­ter­noon saw crowds of peo­ple en­joy arena per­for­mances by the school choir, school may­pole dancers, the Wood­church Mor­ris Men, a hawk­ing dis­play and a street dance troupe. Staff and out­side stall hold­ers wore Vic­to­rian dress to add to the at­mos­phere.

The school’s much awaited wildlife/sen­sory/spir­i­tual gar­den was for­mally opened at the fair by Jade Far­rin, Mary Daly and Marie Rus­sell, all rep­re­sent­ing lo­cal Tesco stores.

The school’s gar­den project was re­alised us­ing a £12,000 grant from Tesco and Ground­work UK via the “Bags of Help” scheme run in Tesco stores.

This gar­den project is the cul­mi­na­tion of over 15 months of plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion and will be a place of quiet re­flec­tion and learn­ing for the school and church com­mu­ni­ties to use for years to come.

The gar­den in­cludes a unique prayer labyrinth, a wooden boat in a “beach” themed area, seat­ing and raised flower beds with sen­sory plants, wind chimes and a bug ho­tel, a sto­ry­telling area with a“sto­ry­teller’s throne”, and a pond sup­port­ing rare great crested newts and slow worms.

The gar­den also boasts a 6ft high carved wooden cross, which was de­signed and fash­ioned by Steve An­drews, a lo­cal chain­saw artist.

This cross and the gar­den works were blessed re­cently dur­ing an un­ex­pected visit by Justin Welby, the Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury. The gar­den has also ben­e­fit­ted from un­usual drift­wood signs pro­vided by Shells Drift­wood.

The school’s front gar­den was also re­designed to com­pli­ment the frontage of the old Vic­to­rian school house, with plants and re­sources do­nated by Dob­bies in Ash­ford.

Jan White, Mary Daly, head teacher Iain Witts, Marie Rus­sell and Jade Far­rin at the open­ing and right; pupils danc­ing round the may­pole

The boat and wooden cross in the school’s new gar­den

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