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School`s new garden is feast for the senses

School children are tending their new sensory garden with rainwater thanks to Southern Water.

Volunteers created the new outdoor space at the Infant site of Highfield CE Primary School in Church Lane, Highfield, Southampton.

Funding came from a variety of sources including Southern Water’s Community Chest programme which provides grants to schools, community groups and good causes.

The garden, on what was previously a piece of unused land, features a mixture of aromatic herbs, wavy grasses and plants with colourful leaves.

It was designed and built by parent Denise van de Griend who applied to Southern Water for money to buy water butts, plants and insect houses.

She said: “Southern Water’s generosity has helped us add some finishing touches to the garden which has become an extra classroom and fulfils the government’s requirement for learning outside.”

Kevin Buck, who co-ordinates Southern Water’s Community Chest programme, said: “Projects like this to create useable, outdoor spaces for children to enjoy are great and we are delighted to be able to help, especially as the water butts will help the school save water.”

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