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New sensory garden at Yarmouth school

PUBLISHED: 18:50 12 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:10 03 July 2010

LIKE spring lambs in a sunny meadow, children bounded along paths meandering through fragrant plants and swaying saplings.

It was not a day out in the countryside, but the first chance for pupils to explore the newly-opened sensory garden at Great Yarmouth's Northgate St Andrew Junior School.

LIKE spring lambs in a sunny meadow, children bounded along paths meandering through fragrant plants and swaying saplings.

It was not a day out in the countryside, but the first chance for pupils to explore the newly-opened sensory garden at Great Yarmouth's Northgate St Andrew Junior School.

Squeals of delight mingled with the patter of feet as the boys and girls processed joyously through the garden. The greenery has already started to sprout at the garden, which work started on earlier this term.

A team of designers created the layout for the sensory garden, with the green- fingered pupils helping with the planting.

The garden was officially opened on Tuesday, with pupils Paris and Liam given the honour of cutting the ribbon.

It was a double celebration for the school, which celebrates the 35th anniversary of opening on its Northgate Street site this year.

Members of the school council gave a presentation on the history of the school before the garden was opened.

It was a proud occasion for headteacher Margaret Cannings who has seen many changes during her 14 years in the role.

She said: “The garden is designed to be somewhere that is peaceful and relaxing, where the children can get close to nature. “There are flowers and shrubs you can smell and feel, along with apple and pear trees.

“I think it is lovely with the stepping stones and hanging chimes and there will be a sculpture in the garden too.”

The sensory garden replaced an adventure play area and adds to a circle of trees and pond area already created at the school.

Picture: JAMESBASS

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