School revamps Peace Garden to help children relax
CHILDREN at Manor School in Coalpit Heath are mucking in to make sure their Peace Garden is the best possible space for relaxing in.
They have been helping parents, staff and governors to clear weeds and paint fences in the garden at the Church of England primary school in Roundways.
The original garden had become very tired and overgrown, and staff noticed that children were reluctant to use it. They wanted a quiet outdoor space where children would feel comfortable.
The pupils were closely involved from the very beginning, and those in years 5 and 6 were able to apply to be on the Peace Garden Committee.
They researched other peace gardens and thought about what they would like included at their school. Then designs were drawn up along with a wish list.
The Friends of Manor School then stepped in to help and secured £1,000 from the local Nisa Local store in Woodend Road to get the revamp underway. Nisa has a community fund called Making A Difference Locally which can give grants to good causes.
Head teacher Amanda Flanagan said: “Work is now well underway on the project and the central feature is a cross full of pebbles, which have been painted by all children in the school.
“We are now eagerly awaiting the delivery of a water feature and other garden ornaments, including wind chimes, a bird bath and Buddha, to complete the project.
“We are also waiting for some sunny weather to finally arrive and plant up all the flower beds!”
The Peace Garden will be finished later this year.
Children from the school have painted pebbles for the garden's cross feature