Chelmsford College’s Secret Garden was officially opened today (26th May) by Cllr Dick Madden. Jill Twiss and Tina Currey from the Extended Learning Team applied and won a grant from TESCO “Bags of Help” in order to redevelop a small piece of green space beside the College into a beautiful, easily accessible garden.
Oak View Landscapes were appointed to design and create an inclusive space, with raised beds for students with disabilities so they can take part in therapeutic gardening activities, growing vegetables, fruits, herbs and plants. It’s a tranquil space ideal for staff to enjoy a sense of calm and wellbeing. The wheelchair friendly paths and accessible nature of the garden make it a flexible space for students with disabilities and children from Dovedale Nursery to enjoy, whilst other students including art, media and catering students benefit from the outdoor learning environment. The Secret Garden is perfect for inviting the members of the community to join in with outdoor events like fetes, afternoon teas and coffee mornings.
Whilst the project officially completed during April, the official grand opening will take place on Friday, when Governors of the College, students, staff, children from Dovedale Nursery, VIPs and community groups will gather to celebrate Cllr Dick Madden cutting the ribbo. Guests will be treated to an afternoon tea prepared by students and the Secret Garden will be decorated in preparation.
See more photos of the secret garden on the Chelmsford College Facebook Page