Children attending Lordswood Pre-school are set to benefit from a fantastic new natural holistic safe garden this summer thanks to a £3,500 donation from the Barker-Mill Foundation (BMF), which has helped the Lordswood Pre-School Committee help achieve its fundraising target.
The new play area will consist of a seating area, pergola, music station, sensory path, balancing equipment and a train all made from natural materials. The garden will be used by children aged two to five to help improve their mental development, as well as aid their psychological, social and emotional growth.
Karen Morris, Lordswood Pre-School Chair Person, said: “We have a large area of turf which is currently unused, so we wanted to be able to make this into a natural holistic safe garden for all the children to enjoy and learn new experiences.
“A holistic approach motivates children to learn and instils curiosity and allows children to grow emotionally and learn to play in a natural creative way. We are very grateful to the Barker-Mill Foundation for helping us to reach our fundraising target and making the new garden a reality.
“We have also recently opened a holiday club so the garden will be well timed to improve our outdoor area for children up to the age of eight.”
Tim Jobling, BMF Trustee, said: “We cannot underestimate how important outdoor play spaces are for young children. It brings so many benefits; helping them to get outdoors in the fresh air and aids in learning, health and wellbeing. We hope the children have hours of fun.”