Our Reflective Garden
At Stratton we are very fortunate to be able to enjoy a new addition to our many school facilities.
A garden with a difference has just been opened in the grounds in memory of a lady who was a long-time friend to the school.
What makes the garden special is that it is a reflective and sensory haven within the school grounds.
We can all take time-out to sit and think or let our senses delight in the sights, sounds, smells and feel of the space.
The new facility was made possible by a legacy left to the school by Jenny Witt, who was well-known to pupils through her work with ‘Open The Book’, a group which uses drama to bring the Bible stories alive for the children.
Mrs Witt left £500 to the school when she died last year and the new garden is thought to be a fitting way to remember her.
Mrs Witt took an interest in Stratton not least because of her children and grandchildren’s connection with the school.
Mrs Brady (Head of Key Stage 1 and Class 2 teacher) explained that the idea behind the project was to create a place where children can go and think quietly, reflect or ‘just be’ in an area close to nature.
The garden had been thought about by staff for some time but when Jenny kingly left her generous bequest to the school, to use as it saw fit, it seemed like the perfect time to turn the idea into reality. As Mrs Brady explained “Jenny’s connection with the school as a member of the ‘Open The Book’ team, her love of horticulture and the fact she would often wait for her grandchildren sitting on a bench on the grass under the tree where the garden now is, made me think this was our opportunity to create a ‘Reflective Garden’ in her memory.”
Following a course at RHS Wisley on how to develop a school gardening club, School Governor Dr. Sarah Woods drew up a garden design.
A team from Rendcomb College kindly erected the fence around the garden and a friend of Stratton School generously helped by doing the hard landscaping work required.
Dr Woods has since given lots of her time to helping the children plant up the beds.
All the children in the school have had a chance to be involved and to learn a little about gardening.
Once it has been established, the gardening club children and adults will make sure the garden is maintained in the long run.
Jenny’s family were on hand for the opening ceremony and her daughter said that she thought her mum would have been absolutely delighted with the result.
We are all very grateful to everyone who helped with the project and in particular to Jenny Witt.