The Mayor of Solihull Cllr Flo Nash officially opened a new natural play garden for the children at Our Lady of the Wayside pre-school on Tuesday 23 October.
The project was paid for through a combination of a national lottery grant, Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme and the school’s own fundraising.
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. The space offers various different stations for the children to use.
There is a sensory wall with lots of different textures, which was built completely from recycled materials, a large wooden tepee structure, and a music area. The children can also look out for wildlife from a hide that was decorated by parent volunteers.
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.”
She also said “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.”
pic shows the Mayor with Ann-Marie Brady (Manager of the pre-school) and children who attend OLOTW pre-school