Cedars Upper School opens sensory garden

Jackie Hodson cutting the ribbon
Jackie Hodson cutting the ribbon

Cedars Upper School’s sensory garden was officially opened by a parent who contributed to the project on Monday, July 6.

Jackie Hodson was invited by the school to cut the ribbon, she supplied testimonials as part of the application for funding for the garden.

The school was granted £3000 by Bailey Thomas, a Dunstable charitable organisation, for the creation of a sensory garden for vulnerable students.

The garden was designed by Shirley North and Sue Plaskitt, who both work at the school.

The school site agents began the landscaping work for the garden in the Easter holidays.

Sue Plaskitt, supported learning department manager, said: “It is a very quiet and calm environment for the students to sit and relax.

“It will be used as a place for them to socialise at break times and as a place for some alone time if they need to de-stress.

“There are a lot of sounds, tastes and smells in the garden.”

“A lot of people within the school and local businesses helped with the garden, from construction and planting to the furniture and trellis, I want to thank all of them for all their hard work.”

The school has named the garden The Sue Plaskitt Garden, after all her hard work in the planning and organising of the garden.

She was presented with a sign that will hang on the wall at the official opening, she said: “The opening of the sensory garden went extremely well.

“I am shocked and delighted to have the garden named after me, it is quite an honour and I am extremely proud to have my name associated with such a wonderful facility.”