Our Sensory Garden Project has been chosen by the Tesco ‘bags of help scheme’.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects. www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp Bags of Help offers communities across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store during May on who should receive the £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awards. Gomer Junior will receive one of these awards. Thank you Tesco – we are really grateful.

We are hoping that as many as people as possible vote for Gomer by placing a token into our box. Please do inform your friends and family by sharing this post. The more people that vote for us the more money we will receive to fund our sensory garden.

Please vote for us in May. The Fareham token box is by the escalator.

We are planning to locate this in the fenced area near HMS Gomer. Why? Please see below.

A sensory garden simultaneously stimulates the senses. Using a combination of landscape, aromas and colours of plants, flowers and sensory equipment, we will transform a baron outdoor space into a beach themed sensory garden. The Gomer Junior Sensory Garden will be designed through our bespoke iSTEM+ curriculum and linked to our Beach School studies. We are an inclusive and healthy community and are striving to ensure that we can further meet the needs of all in our community.

A sensory garden can be very therapeutic for people who suffer from sensory problems. It will be used as a calming place and as a gentle way to stimulate the senses. For all children, regardless of need, a sensory garden is beneficial in that it is a fun educational tool that allows them to explore and learn about their senses and nature. While in the garden, our children will be encouraged to touch, smell, taste, and generally interact with the environment around them.

When planning our sensory garden, the children will feature elements that appeal to all five senses. For visual stimulation, or sight, colour is an important consideration. When designing a garden, people should be creative in their use of colour stimulation. Sound is another fun feature of a sensory garden, and it is crucial to creating a calming environment. Smells can trigger a wide range of emotions. Taste will be explored by planting edible herbs and other plants in the garden – we will cook what we grow. For touch, plants that add a variety of tactile stimulation in terms of texture will be explored.

We believe that a sensory garden is a wonderful way for our children to explore their senses and learn about the environment around them. It is also a healthy place of discovery and will encourage the children to love the outdoors.

Bags of help

26th April 2017
Category: Whole School